Former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir William Patey said Saudi Arabia has been funding terror hotbeds across Europe. His remarks come a day after the government published a brief summary of a Home Office-commissioned report into the funding of extremism in the UK. The full report is not being published for security reasons, the Guardian reported. Patey said he did not believe Saudi Arabia was directly funding terrorist groups, but rather an ideology that leads to extremism, and suggested that its leaders might not be aware of the consequences. “It is unhealthy and we need to do something about it,” he 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 as it is not just Britain and Europe. That is a dialog 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.” Patey said the Saudis “find it every easy to back off the idea that they are funding terrorism because they are not.“What the World Association of Muslim Youth and the Muslim World League are doing is funding certain religious centers and promoting the ideology of the Salifist Wahhabist ideology.” He called for clarity on the definition of funding terrorism and “a grownup dialog with the (Persian) Gulf about what we think”. There were also “individual citizens that defied their governments to fund terrorism,” Patey added. Patey, who was the UK ambassador to Riyadh from 2006 to 2010 and previously head of the Foreign Office Middle East desk, also questioned whether Saudi Arabia and its allies had worked out the implications of their bitter dispute with Qatar. Three Persian Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with Egypt, have sought to isolate Qatar diplomatically and economically, citing its support for terrorism and groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. “This has all the hallmarks of a policy that has not been thought through. It does not smack of a considered strategy,” Patey said at roundtable discussion in London organized by the Conservative Middle East Council. “It is not a smart move even if you are sympathetic to their vision. It is a short cut to achieve something quickly and I think they miscalculated and I think they did think that with Trump behind them, Qatar would back down. They raised these stakes because they thought Qatar would back down in the end, so I think they were a bit surprised.” The boycott had backfired, he argued and far from leading to a coup in Qatar, a cult had developed around the newly popular emir. “The Qataris are rallying round their leadership,” Patey said. He said he believed the true motive for the dispute was not Qatar’s funding of terrorism, but a wider difference in political vision. “This is about the Muslim Brotherhood. It is a battle for the future of the Middle East,” he said. Patey also questioned whether all the emirates within the UAE were united behind the boycott. “This is about Abu Dhabi asserting its dominance in foreign policy issues, because this is not in Dubai’s interest,” he said. Speaking at the same event, Michael Stephens, the head of the Royal United Services Institute Qatar desk, said the row may lead to an intractable dispute that could prompt investors to think seriously about disinvesting across the region. “We are now facing five weeks of the conflict when most people thought it would last 72 hours,” he said, calling for a series of de-escalatory measures leading to a joint agreement to fight terrorism.