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RIM, Saudis Reach BlackBerry Deal

Research In Motion has reached a preliiminary agreement with Saudi Arabia that will allow BlackBerry service to continue in the Middle Eastern nation.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

Research In Motion


has reached a preliminary agreement with Saudi Arabia that will allow its BlackBerry service to continue operating there, according to published media reports.

Saudi officials disclosed the agreement Saturday, according to

The Associated Press

. It likely will require the placement of a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia that will allow the government to monitor messages, the


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Bandar al-Mohammed, an official at the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, said Research In Motion had expressed its "intention ... to place a server inside Saudi Arabia," the



Saudi officials had considered banning key BlackBerry services because of concerns that militants were using them to communicate.

The news comes a week after the United Arab Emirates said it would ban BlackBerry email, messaging and Web browsing beginning in October because of security concerns.

RIM shares closed Friday up $1.22 at $53.45.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.