DUBAI, April 17 Ahli United Bank
, Bahrain's largest lender, said on Thursday
it couldn't comment on a Reuters story linking it with a
possible sale or merger deal.
"This news has not been issued from the bank's management
and we do not know its source, so we cannot comment on it," the
bank said in a bourse filing in Kuwait, where it is also listed.
Quoting several bankers familiar with the situation, Reuters
reported on Wednesday that the bank was evaluating a sale or a
merger with a rival bank in a potential $5 billion deal, a
transaction which would be one of the largest-ever banking M&A
deals in the Middle East.
(Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Writing by David French; Editing
by Andrew Torchia)