Saudi Arabia has pledged financial aid to Tunisia worth about $830m, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has said.
Chahed made the comments to reporters on Saturday after a visit to Saudi Arabia.
The prime minister said that $500m was expected to finance the budget, $230m to finance foreign trade and about $100m to finance projects, without elaborating.
But the prince met Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to improve cooperation on the “economy and finance, investment promotion and security and military cooperation to counter extremism and terrorism”, a presidency statement later said.
Tunisia is struggling to cut its budget deficit, stabilise falling foreign currency reserves and manage expectations of international lenders, demanding reforms such as trimming the public wage bill.
Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Chahed has aimed to cut the budget deficit to about 4.9 percent of GDP this year from 6.2 percent last year.