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Saudi Arabia not affected by oil price drop, says King Salman 

Riyadh, Dec 23 (IANS) Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday asserted that due to years of money reserve, the kingdom has not been affected by the current drop in global oil prices.

During the past years, money kept flowing into the kingdom because of the high oil prices, King Salman said in his speech before the Saudi Shura (Consultative) Council, the first since he took office of the oil-rich country in January, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The major revenues have been allocated for massive development projects, infrastructure and reinforcement of the state reserve, he said.

He said the low oil prices will not hinder the implementation of development plans and projects.

He revealed a host of steps to handle the situation, which include reducing the government expenditure and size by cancelling some authorities and councils and increasing revenues of government investments.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab coalition against the Houthi group in Yemen, which it said aims at restoring Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s authority in the country.

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