Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications regulator said yesterday it would allow BlackBerry services to continue in the kingdom, citing “positive developments” with the device’s Waterloo, Ont.-based manufacturer.

The government’s announcement staves off, at least for now, a potential ban of Research in Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry service in the country — a step officials had said was possible because of national security concerns.

It was not immediately clear whether the decision was just a temporary reprieve, or whether the threat to ban the smartphones was off the table.