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    Germany Will No Longer 'Turn a Blind Eye' to Saudi Arabia's Actions

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    The statement by German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel regarding Saudi Arabia's alleged involvement in funding Islamic radicals should be met in a positive way, Helmut Scholz, member of the European Parliament, told Sputnik on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — Earlier in December, Gabriel said that Riyadh had been funding extremist mosques and communities all over the world.

    "When Mr. Gabriel as a one of the leading politician of the German government is stating that Germany would no longer turn a blind eye with regard to Saudi Arabia I believe this should be really welcomed," Scholz, who is a member of Germany's left-wing Die Linke party, said.

    The lawmaker noted that Germany's future policy on the issue remains unclear and called on the German government "to exercise a strong political pressure on Saudi Arabia obliging the Kingdom to contribute to pacify the regional conflicts."

    Saudi Arabia and Germany are both members of the US-led coalition of around 60 nations that is conducting airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against Daesh (ISIL/the Islamic State), a group that is prohibited in many countries, including Russia and the United States.


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