German Vice Chancellor Warns Saudi Arabia to Stop Funding Terrorism

German Vice Chancellor Warns Saudi Arabia to Stop Funding Terrorism
Mon Dec 7, 2015 10:56:29

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel’s has demand Saudi Arabia to stop financing terrorist groups that have become a threat to global safety.

Germany has publicly warned Saudi Arabia against further financing religious radicals globally. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel’s demand to cut money flowing to the Wahhabis comes as some lawmakers are growing weary of Saudi-funded radical mosques.

Gabriel stressed that the Saudi regime has been funding mosques known for radicalizing the Muslim population, including in various communities in Europe.

“We have to make clear to the Saudis that the time of looking away is over,” Mr Gabriel, Merkel’s deputy and the head of the Social Democrats (SPD), told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

He believes that Wahhabi mosques all over the world are financed by Saudi Arabia. Many terrorists who are a threat to public safety come from these communities in Germany.

Wahhabism is a strict version of Sunni Islam that is the official religion of the ultra-conservative state of Saudi Arabia. It is also said to be behind ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s extremist ideologies. The Saudis have historically always supported the building of Wahhabi mosques around the world to help the sect gain popularity.

In response, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Berlin said in a statement that the nation wants to fight the radicalization of youths. “Like Germany, we are part of the anti-ISIS coalition and fighting side by side against terror,” it said.

The allegations against Saudi Arabia have been around for some time, but it is rare for a Western politician to speak out against it, as the Persian Gulf State remains a key western ally; RT reported.


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