JEDDAH (AFP) - OPEC powerhouse Saudi Arabia will raise oil production by 200,000 barrels in July in response to heightened demand, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday. The UN chief made the remarks to reporters on a plane taking him to London after a 24-hour visit to Saudi Arabia where he had talks with King Abdullah II and top officials, including Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi. "The Saudis did increase production in June by 300,000 barrels. For the month of July, it will be an increase of 200,000 barrels in response to requests from customers," Ban said on the plane, citing his talks with Nuaimi. "He said there seems to be a misunderstanding. The Saudis have been responsibly reacting to requests from their customers," the UN chief said of Nuaimi. "They (the Saudis) will respond positively whenever there is a request from customers, so there is no shortage." Saudi Arabia is hosting on June 22 a summit for consumers and producers after oil prices struck a record high of nearly 140 dollars a barrel this month, stoking fears of surging global inflation and weaker economic growth. Media reports have suggested that Riyadh could raise output in July by about half a million barrels a day to 10 million barrels, a possible sign it is becoming nervous about the political and economic effect of high prices. Earlier Ban told reporters in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah that the Saudis, whose desert kingdom is the largest oil producer in OPEC, view oil prices as "abnormally high" and are willing to bring them down. He said his talks on Saturday with King Abdullah had focused on the link between the soaring world crude prices and the worsening food crisis as well as climate change. "He acknowledged that the current oil prices are abnormally high due to speculative factors and some other national government policies," Ban said before leaving Jeddah. "He is willing to do what he can to (bring) the price of oil to adequate levels." The Saudis "seem to be considering very seriously how they can address this issue by increasing production," Ban said. "I expect that they will take some concrete measures." Ban also conveyed to the Saudi king the concern expressed by several world leaders, notably at the Rome food summit earlier this month, about the impact of soaring oil prices on global food security. "I am confident that he shares this concern," Ban said, adding that King Abdullah felt that other factors were behind the surge in food prices. Ban said he told King Abdullah that high food prices were crippling the ability of least developing countries to implement the poverty-reduction Millenium Development Goals. He also commended the king for his initiative to invest in developing countries to boost agriculture productivity and encouraged other countries to do the same. The UN chief added that the Saudis were committed to investing in Egypt, Pakistan, Ukraine, Turkey and Sudan. The UN chief also discussed a Saudi initiative to promote inter-faith dialogue, adding that King Abdullah told him he would be convening another inter-religious meeting at which Hindus and Buddhists would be invited. "I warmly welcome such initiative," said Ban.