A man walks past the Kingdom Centre Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
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Saudi Arabia's government has set aside 100 billion riyals ($26.7 billion) to pay debts that it owes to private sector companies after payment delays that have lasted months, an official document seen by Reuters shows.Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan reiterated Thursday that the government intended to make all delayed payments to the private sector "as soon as possible," estimating these payments could total a "significant amount of billions" of dollars.The government's original budget plan for 2016 envisaged a deficit of 326 billion riyals, after a record deficit of 367 billion riyals in 2015 .
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