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RIM's Saudi Talks Progressing - Report

Talks between RIM and Saudi Arabia are progressing, according to Reuters, as the kingdom's BlackBerry ban nears.

WATERLOO, Ontario (


) -- Talks between

Research In Motion


and Saudi Arabia are progressing, according to


, as the kingdom's BlackBerry ban nears.

The report, which cited a source close to the negotiations, added that Saudi Arabia had yet to carry out threats to cut BlackBerry's messenger service early Friday morning.

RIM, which launched its new

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earlier this week, is wrestling with a number of international governments over security issues.

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and the UAE, which plans to

suspend email and browsing services for RIM's BlackBerry

on Oct 11, citing judicial, social and national security concerns.

The Canadian government and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have weighed in on RIM's international challenges in recent days. In a statement released on Thursday, Peter Van Loan, Canada's international trade minister, voiced his concern over the potential suspension of BlackBerry services in the UAE, and said that Ottawa is working with both RIM and UAE officials to find a solution.

-- Reported by James Rogers in New York

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