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(MENAFN - AFP) Standard and Poor's on Friday held its sovereign credit rating for Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude exporter, at AA-/A-1 with a positive outlook.

"In our view, Saudi Arabia's government and external balance sheets remain strong and provide an ample buffer to withstand external shocks, including a drop in oil prices," S&P said in a statement.

"We are therefore affirming our 'AA-/A-1' sovereign credit ratings on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the agency said.

"The positive outlook indicates that we could upgrade Saudi Arabia in the next year if we believe that the government has built on its achievements in private-sector development."

It forecast per capita income of 26,000 in 2014.

Saudi Arabia, on the back of high oil prices, has announced a balanced budget for this year of a record 228 billion, up from 218.8 billion in 2013.



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