Arabian Gulf countries are working to strengthen their coordination in supplying crude oil to global markets, especially amidst increased regional tensions, according to Khalid Al-Jarallah, Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister.

“It is normal amid this escalation that Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries take these steps,” Al-Jarallah told reporters on May 19, according to Kuwait Times.

“There is cooperation and coordination between Kuwait and the Gulf countries to provide guarantees for oil tankers and continuous supply of energy to global markets,” the deputy minister added, commenting on the tensions hit the Gulf waters.