Pakistan to get Saudi oil for three years on deferred payments from July

Updated: May 24, 2019, 22:25 IST | Agencies

Last year, Saudi Arabia agreed to provide a bailout package of USD 6 billion to help resuscitate Pakistan's worsening economy

Pakistan to get Saudi oil for three years on deferred payments from July
Imran Khan

Islamabad: Cash-strapped Pakistan will start getting the much-anticipated Saudi Arabian oil on deferred payments from July, Prime Minister Imran Khan's Advisor on Finance has said.

Last year, Saudi Arabia agreed to provide a bailout package of USD 6 billion to help resuscitate Pakistan's worsening economy.

In October last year, the Kingdom had also agreed to establish a credit line worth USD 3 billion for the sale of petroleum products on credit for three years to Islamabad and to give USD 3 billion in Pakistan's foreign currency reserves for a year.

In a tweet, late Wednesday, Prime Minister's Advisor on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said Saudi Arabia will supply oil worth USD 3.2 billion per year on deferred payments for three years.

“The Kingdom will supply USD 275 million oil to Pakistan on monthly basis from July,” Shaikh said adding that the facility will “strengthen Pakistan's balance of payments position,” and thanked the Crown Prince.

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