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| 16 August, 2017

Saudi Arabia plans to launch second local currency sukuk issuance next week

A Saudi money changer displays Saudi Riyal banknotes at a currency exchange shop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 27, 2017.

A Saudi money changer displays Saudi Riyal banknotes at a currency exchange shop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 27, 2017.

REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
DUBAI, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to launch the second issue of its local currency sukuk programme during the week beginning on August 20, the ministry of finance said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia made its first offer of riyal-denominated sukuk, or Islamic bonds, in late July.

The government, which is raising debt financing to cover a budget deicit caused by lower oil prices, raised 17 billion riyals ($4.53 billion) with the first issuance.



($1 = 3.7501 riyals)

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(Reporting by Davide Barbuscia; Editing by Adrian Croft) ((Davide.Barbuscia@thomsonreuters.com;))