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May 19, 2017

Country singer Toby Keith will perform Saturday at a free concert in the capital Riyadh, according to the Associated Press. It will also feature an Arabian lute player. Her understanding is that Keith will be the first non-Arabic artist to perform a show in the Middle Eastern country.

Known for patriotic songs and holding numerous concerts for U.S. troops overseas, Keith will share the stage with Saudi singer Rabeh Sager, according to an advertisement circulated online.

The speech on combating radical Islam is to be given to around 50 Muslim leaders during the President's first official visit to Saudi Arabia. Many of Keith's biggest hits - including "Red Solo Cup", "I Love This Bar" and "Beer for My Horses" - reference alcohol. But Saudi Arabia has been opening its doors to entertainment venues in recent years.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who will participate in the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21, will convey Bangladesh's position to send troops to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia if the country's sovereignty and the security of its two holy mosques are threatened, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said yesterday. After Saudi Arabia, he travels to Israel and follow it with a visit to Italy, where he will have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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Also reported by local news organizations to be attending are President Fuad Masum of Iraq, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt, President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan.

The country singer defended his decision to play during the event amid some criticism, saying he had performed for previous presidents as well.

"I don't apologize for performing for our country or military", Keith said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly on January 14.

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