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Saudi Arabia 'strong-arming EU' to avoid terror-funding blacklisting

Saudi Arabian lobbying and threats seem to have succeeded in dissuading the European Union from including the kingdom on the bloc's money-laundering blacklist.

The inclusion of Saudi Arabia is likely to be blocked in the coming weeks following pressure and lobbying from Riyadh, which threatened to cut ties with EU member states in case it is blacklisted under the motion, EU sources told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman sent letters to all EU leaders urging them to reconsider the inclusion of Riyadh on the list, one of the letters seen by Reuters showed.

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