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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait to abide by UN blacklisting of citizens over extremist links

Published on Aug 17, 2014 9:22 PM

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia and Kuwait agreed to comply with a United Nations resolution aimed at stopping financing for Islamist militant groups in Syria and Iraq after four of their nationals were named among a group blacklisted by the international body.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday intended to weaken the Islamic State (ISIS) - an Al-Qaeda splinter group that has seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate - and Al-Qaeda's Syrian wing, Nusra Front.

Western officials believe that wealthy Gulf Arabs, in countries that include Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, have been a main source of funding for Sunni Islamist militants fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

While Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia is a main backer of the rebellion against Mr Assad, a member of the Alawite sect of Shia Islam and an ally of Riyadh's rival Shi'ite Iran, it says it is careful to direct state support to moderate groups.

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