BERLIN (Reuters) – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Saudi Arabia on Sunday to stop supporting religious radicals, amid growing concern among some lawmakers in Berlin about the funding of militant mosques by the world’s biggest oil exporter.
The unusual criticism of the Gulf state follows a report by Germany’s foreign intelligence agency which suggested that Saudi foreign policy was becoming more "impulsive".
The German government rebuked the BND agency for making such suggestions about Saudi Arabia, an important business partner that is involved in international talks to find a political solution to the Syria crisis..
What Sigmar said was simply the “unspeakable”. You cannot challenge the Saudi’s. They have paid off too many people in too many governments and too many businesses.
<sarc> Although, lets face it, you never see their hand in any terrorist attacks? <sarc>
"But we must at the same time make clear that the time to look away is past. Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities," he said.
"We need Saudi Arabia to solve the regional conflicts," Sigmar Gabriel, the head of the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the mass-circulation newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
Note: I’m not a SPD fan at all, but this needs to be said at the highest levels.
In a statement, the Saudi Arabia embassy in Berlin said the Kingdom was interested in countering the radicalization of young people and referred to a previous statement in which it denied wanting to build 200 mosques in Germany.
"Like Germany, we are part of the anti-Islamic State coalition and fighting side by side against terror," it said.
At least a politician somewhere said something. And judging by the comments I’d say a lot more people are not buying the, we’re on your side, BS, the Saudi’s have been spouting for years while funding many of the problems in the world.
If two country were removed from the equation much of the world’s terror problem would go away.
Iran (Shia) and Saudi Arabia (Sunni).