UN confirms Saudi dissident, group off al-Qaida list

UNITED NATIONS - A UN Security Council committee has removed Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih and his Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia from the UN al-Qaida sanctions list, Germany's UN envoy confirmed on Monday.
The move came despite Saudi Arabia's opposition and US concerns about Faqih, UN diplomats told Reuters.Reuters reported on Sunday that the decision to delist Faqih came after the 15-nation council's al-Qaida sanctions committee failed to reach a consensus to override the ombudsman of the al Qaeda sanctions list, who recommended removing Faqih.
"After thorough consideration by the committee the entries in the al-Qaida sanctions list related to Mr. Saad Rashed Mohammed al-Faqih and (his group) were removed ... today," Germany's UN Ambassador Peter Wittig said in a statement.
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