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Major European and Saudi banks have stopped dealing with Sudan, diplomatic and other sources say, adding to the sanctions-hit country's isolation and further straining its indebted, cash-starved economy.In 2012, the British banks HSBC and Standard Chartered were fined $1.92 billion and $667 million respectively for violations that included breaching sanctions imposed on Iran and Sudan.In the same year, Dutch bank ING agreed to pay $619 million to settle U.S. government accusations that it conducted banned transactions involving Sudan and other countries.A local banker, who asked not to be identified, said that Saudi banks had also stopped dealing with Sudan this month, a move that is economically far more significant for Sudan than the European move.
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