Den tyske visestatsminister Sigmar Gabriel anklager Saudi-Arabia for å finansiereekstremisme i Vesten. Anklagen er ikke nye, men det er høyst uvanlig at den fremsettes av en toppolitiker i et ledende EU-land. Gabriel er dessuten leder av sosialdemokratene.

The German vice-chancellor has publicly accused Saudi Arabia of financing Islamic extremism in the West and warned that it must stop.

Sigmar Gabriel said that the Saudi regime is funding extremist mosques and communities that pose a danger to public security.

“We have to make clear to the Saudis that the time of looking away is over,” Mr Gabriel told Bild am Sonntag newspaper in an interview.

“Wahhabi mosques all over the world are financed by Saudi Arabia. Many Islamists who are a threat to public safety come from these communities in Germany.”

The allegation that Saudi Arabia has funded mosques with links to Islamist terrorism in the West is not new. But it is highly unusual for a Western leader to speak out so directly against the West’s key Arab ally.

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Uttalelsen må også tolkes som en intern strid innen storkoalisjonen. Det er bare et par dager siden sikkerhetstjensten BND lot det bli kjent at det anså Saudi-Arabia har slått inn på en ny utenrikspolitisk linje, en mer offensiv, risikovillig under den nye kongen Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud og hans sønn.

His intervention comes just days after German intelligence issued a rare public warning that Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilising force in the Arab world.

Mrs Merkel’s government quickly distanced itself from the BND intelligence service’s assessment, saying it did not reflect official policy.

But Mr Gabriel’s remarks make it clear there are serious misgivings about the Saudi regime within the government.

BND fikk et rapp over fingrene i full offentlighet. At Gabriel rykker ut og støtter BND kan bare bety at det er alvorlig uenighet i toppen av regjeringen om politikken, ikke bare om forholdet til Saudi-Arabia, men også sikkerheten innad i Tyskland.

Islamske herskere er ikke spesielt gode på PR. Kong Salman tilbød seg tidligere i år å finansiere 200 moskeer for alle syriske flyktninger som strømmer til Tyskland. Selv har ikke kongedømmet tatt imot en eneste syrisk flyktning, til tross for at de står en tom teltby med plass til 100.000 mennesker.

Det er ikke første gang Gabriel kritiserer Saudi-Arabia:

On a trip to Riyadh earlier this year he spoke out in support of Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.

He also intervened to block a deal to build a German arms factory in Saudi Arabia which had been approved by a previous German government.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/12035838/German-vice-chancellor-accuses-Saudi-Arabia-of-funding-Islamic-extremism-in-the-West.html

 

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