Deputy of the German Prime Minister and the German Minister of Economy, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, argued that Saudi Arabia is supporting terrorist groups around the world.
Gabriel’s criticism of Saudi Arabia comes in an interview with Bild newspaper. “We must explain to Saudis that blind-eye policy is over; they support and finance Wahhabi mosques worldwide”, he told the newspaper.
The German Minister called on for ‘decisive actions’ be taken to stop these centers of extremism in Germany. “ISIS ideology has been derived from Wahhabism; we don’t need this in Germany. These Saudi-backed mosques must be closed”, Gabriel said, reiterating at the same time that German people have no problem whatsoever with the activities of Islamic centers and mosques in general.
Similar concerns have been also voiced by Thomas Aubermann, chairman of German social democratic party parliamentary committee, ” We must carefully control the activities of Saudi in their investment in mosques and spreading Wahhabi beliefs. Wahhabism is a perfect source for Isis ideology and is involved in strengthening of extremist attitudes”.
In December 2015, German foreign intelligence service (BND) has issued a report pinpointing Saudi Arabia as the major source of regional instability.