İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-15.07.2017- According to Independent News, the most powerful British in Riyadh between 2006- 2010, made controversial and highly debatable statements about Saudi Arabia’s alleged support to terror.
Sir William Patey, former Ambassador of UK to Riyadh, said “The Saudis [have] not quite appreciated the impact their funding of a certain brand of Islam is having in the countries in which they do it – it is not just Britain and Europe". He added “That is a dialogue we need to have. They are not funding terrorism. They are funding something else, which may down the road lead to individuals being radicalized and becoming fodder for terrorism". He argued that Saudi Arabian authorities fund an ideology with consequences of which they might not be aware. He indicated that “It is unhealthy and we need to do something about it”.
Additionally, he accused World Association of Muslim Youth and the Muslim World League as “What the it is doing is funding mosques and promoting an ideology – the Salafist Wahhabist ideology”.
Besides, he opposed recent developments and isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. He said “This has all the hallmarks of a policy that has not been thought through. It does not smack of a considered strategy”. He asserted that it is a matter of regional authority specially about the Muslim Brotherhood.