15:25 GMT22 June 2021
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    The Kingdom, one of the world's major crude producers, also suffered a dropped in oil revenues, as oil prices have been extremely volatile due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

    Saudi Arabia's budget deficit has reached $9 billion in the first quarter of 2020, Al Arabiya reported, citing a performance report released by the Kingdom's Finance Ministry on Wednesday.

    According to the report, the Kingdom obtained about $51.219 billion in revenues, which is 22 percent down from the first quarter of 2019. Meanwhile, its expenditures amounted to $60.314 billion.

    Saudi Arabia's oil and non-oil revenues also dropped 24 percent and 17 percent, respectively, the report says.

    In mid-April, Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan warned that oil revenues in relation to GDP would fall significantly, but also said that the Kingdom was "focused on income from other sectors of the economy; our goal is to diversify the economy".

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