Austria will be unable to close a controversial Saudi-funded centre in Vienna without the consent of co-founders Saudi Arabia and Spain - although it could block any decision on its budget this year.

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) centre was set up by Saudi Arabia, Austria and Spain with the aim of fostering inter-religious dialogue - but questions have been raised as to whether it is really meeting its objectives in Austria.

Austria could decide to block the election of the centre's Secretary General and any decision on its budget - effectively preventing it from continuing its work.

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