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U.S. Hails Saudis for Effort to Stem Al Qaeda Funds

Treasury Secretary Snow, on a visit, cites an overhaul of kingdom’s donations system. In a series of marathon meetings Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow told top Saudi officials that they had proved to the United States their commitment to begin staunching the flow of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable donations to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Crown Prince Abdullah was particularly forceful in delineating how his country had expended “all the appropriate resources, commitment and intensity” needed to combat Al Qaeda, Snow told reporters. Abdullah, the de facto Saudi leader, also called on Snow and President Bush to work with him in a campaign to link terrorism and drug trafficking, and to get the United Nations to preside over a worldwide crackdown on what he called the “twin scourges of humanity,” said sources familiar with the 90-minute meeting at the prince’s palace here. Full Story

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