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    U.S. Extends Religious Rights Sanctions Waiver For Saudi Arabia Shaveta Bansal July 19, 2006 http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004268726 Washington D.C.
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      U.S. Extends Religious Rights Sanctions Waiver For Saudi Arabia
      Shaveta Bansal
      July 19, 2006
      http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004268726


      Washington D.C. (AHN) - The State Department officials on Wednesday
      said that the United States has extended a waiver that avoids imposing
      sanctions on Saudi Arabia. The waiver comes two years after the U.S.
      put Saudi Arabia on a watch list, warning its Middle East ally it
      could put sanctions on the oil exporter if it did not expand religious
      freedom.

      The extension, which came Wednesday, was based on the kingdom's
      efforts to improve religious tolerance in the region, officials said.

      The waiver for Saudi Arabia is the only time Washington has avoided
      punishing a blacklisted country under a 1998 law targeting violators
      of religious rights.

      After its 2004 listing, the State Department avoided any immediate
      action with a waiver while it worked with Saudi Arabia on issues such
      as deleting insults about Jews in school textbooks.

      But by law, the Bush administration had to determine whether to extend
      the waiver or take the unusual step of imposing what would have been
      largely symbolic sanctions on a wealthy ally.

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