Brussels company allegedly makes secret lobbying for Saudi Arabia

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This post was last updated on February 5th, 2019 at 08:31 am

After the attacks of March 22, a Brussels lobby firm was tasked with changing the image that Muslim extremism and Saudi Arabia are linked. According to the NGO Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), MSL Brussels been in a contract with Saudi Arabia, however, the company does everything to keep it secret, De Morgen reports.

The daily listed some examples of games of influence, behind which was not directly Saudi Arabia, but the company MSL Brussels. Notably, when the Great Mosque fell into disrepute, the mission of MSL Brussels was running a campaign to spread the words that it was “a misconception generalized.”

The company said that Saudi was spreading Islamic fundamentalism and not terrorism. According to Corporate Europe Observatory, MSL Brussels, part of the Publicis Group, has a contract to promote the interests of the Saudi Kingdom in Europe since at least 2015.

The country is known for its spread of Wahhabism and human rights violations. Since MSL Brussels is listed in the EU Transparency Register, the company sought to keep it away from the public that it serves Saudi Arabia as a client. MSL Brussels did not respond to Morgen’s information.

Recently, Saudi Arabia has been blacklisted by the European Union. The EU added the Gulf country on its draft list of countries, which pose a serious threat to the bloc. The country has a proven history of terror funding and money laundering. The European Commission also took the step after Saudi Arabia was slammed worldwide for unacceptable handling of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

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