German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a session of the Bundestag, the German lower house of parliament, in Berlin, Germany, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel Sunday said Saudi Arabia must stop financing fundamentalist mosques abroad which are accused of breeding extremism.Gabriel, who is Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy in a left-right coalition, warned against alienating Saudi Arabia, a crucial player in the bid to end the Syrian war, with too much criticism.Gabriel, head of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), urged decisive steps in Germany against radical mosques associated with Islam's ultraconservative Salafist strand.The SPD leaders' comments were published days after Merkel's government was embarrassed by the release of a damning report on Saudi Arabia by its own foreign intelligence service, the BND.
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