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The hypocrisy by leaders in the UK, France, US and Israel to cooperate with Saudi Arabia, Emirates and Qatar for military operations in proxy wars and selling a large weapons arsenal. The terror blow-back has caused extensive deaths, damage and hardship in the Western European nations.

Saudi Arabia added to draft list of countries posing threat to EU: Report | Middle East Eye |

The European Commission has added Saudi Arabia to an EU draft list of countries that pose a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, two sources told Reuters.

The EU's list currently consists of 16 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and North Korea, and is mostly based on criteria used by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body formed by developed nations.

The draft list has been updated to address new criteria developed by the EU Commission since 2017. Saudi Arabia is one of the countries added to the updated list that is still confidential, one EU source and one Saudi source told Reuters.

Under the new EU methodology, jurisdictions may also be blacklisted if they do not provide sufficient information on ownership of companies or if their rules on reporting suspicious transactions or monitoring financial customers are considered too lax.

Saudi Arabia missed out on gaining full FATF membership in September after it was determined to fall short in combatting both money laundering and terror financing, Reuters said.

[See article in The New York Times]

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by Oui on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 11:24:25 AM EST

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