May 2, 2020 / 5:10 PM / a month ago

Saudi to take "strict, painful" measures to deal with coronavirus impact

CAIRO, May 2 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will take strict and painful measures to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said in an interview with Al Arabiya on Saturday, adding that “all options for dealing with the crisis are open”.

“We must reduce budget expenditures sharply”, Mohammed al-Jadaan said in comments published by Al Arabiya ahead of the interview’s broadcast.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington and Samar Hassan; editing by Nick Macfie

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