The Austrian Times website reports today (October15, 2011) that the Austrian foreign minister has agreed with Saudi Arabian officials to build an interreligious center in Vienna. Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay a "high two-figure million Euro sum" for the center.
Austrian People's Party Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger and high-ranking representatives from Spain and Saudi Arabia signed a contract sealing their intention to create such an institution in Vienna.
Saudi Arabian officials refused to disclose the center's budget yesterday, but explained that it will be fully funded via a Saudi foundation "totally independent from any form of political influence."
Scores of people staged a protest yesterday outside the Albertina Museum to show their disagreement of a Saudi-funded interreligious center in Vienna.