Trade chief Takashi Fukaya refused a request Friday from Riyadh to have Japan build a mining railway in Saudi Arabia as a primary condition for renewing Arabian Oil Co.’s drilling rights in the Khafji oil field.

Speaking to reporters shortly before embarking on a 10-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia later in the morning, Fukaya said he’ll do his “utmost to draw a sound response” from Riyadh in the final stage of the stalled negotiations, which will take place late next week.

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