Saudi Arabia agreed Tuesday to extend the terms of a $5 billion aid package to Egypt in March, Saudi state media said, in a move aimed at bolstering the North African country’s recent deal with the International Monetary Fund.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency said the extension would allow Egypt to open ‘‘new financing channels with regional and international organizations” and help the completion of a preliminary $3 billion agreement the Middle East’s most populous country reached with the IMF in October.

Saudi Arabia provided no further details on the terms of the extension, including how long. Egyptian state media have not commented on the announcement.

The Egyptian economy has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Egypt is the world’s largest wheat importer, most of which came from Russia and Ukraine.

In the fallout of the war in Eastern Europe, Egypt has struggled to combat surging inflation, which peaked at over 16% in October. Egypt’s ‘‘staff level agreement’’ with the IMF last month is set to last for 46 months and aims to tackle Egypt’s inflation problem and restructure its ailing economy.

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