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Saudi makes sure transfers by Lebanese do not reach Hezbollah

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Saudi Arabia has taken new measures concerning bank transfers conducted by Lebanese from Saudi Arabia to their home country, according to the chairman of the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce. Mohammed Shuqair told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that currently each bank transfer “takes around three to four days before reaching Beirut, the time Saudi authorities spend to detect the identity of the sender and the party to whom money is sent, in an attempt to prevent these transfers from reaching terrorist organizations.” Shuqair said the new Saudi step was not political, but described it as “a security and economic step that abides by the international banking law.” Last April, Saudi Arabia and the United States had added a number of organizations on their lists of terrorist groups. A Saudi-U.S. partnership had also helped take measures against six individuals and entities collecting money and supporting terrorist activities linked to the so-called Lebanese Hezbollah. There are currently 17 individuals and 6 entities from Hezbollah on the Saudi list of terrorists. Saudi authorities consider that controlling the financing of those extremist groups, which include ISIS, al-Nusra Front and Hezbollah, remains one of the Kingdom’s main priorities.

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