Saudi Arabia faces yet another big diplomatic blow from West

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Saudi Arabia faces yet another big diplomatic blow from West

ISLAMABAD - Saudi Arabia faces yet another big diplomatic blow after the episode of Jamal Khashoogi murder.

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 on Friday.

The move comes amid heightened international pressure on Saudi Arabia after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2.

Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The move is a setback for Riyadh at a time when it is striving to bolster its international reputation in order to encourage foreign investors to participate in a huge transformation plan and improve financial ties for its banks.