Saudi gears up for series of summits in Riyadh with Trump

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

The summit is part of preparations for a new USA strategy mobilising the Muslim world against the Sunni jihadists of the Islamic State group, as well as against Iran-backed militias such as Lebanon-based Hezbollah, said Mustafa Alani, a senior adviser to the Gulf Research Centre.

After his weekend trip to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. president will continue on to Jerusalem, meet with the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian leaders, as well as "say a prayer at the Western Wall", McMaster said.

The Arab-Islamic-American Summit, which will be attended by 37 leaders, will focus on combating terrorism, bolstering trade, investment, youth, and technology, Jubeir said.

Many fans took to Twitter to point out that Keith, who is known for his alcohol-themed songs, seems like an odd fit to perform in Saudi Arabia.

The Stars and Stripes are flying in Riyadh's streets, intermixed with Saudi flags.

After arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital, Trump will have coffee with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, attend a royal banquet and hold bilateral meetings with the king, the crown prince and the deputy crown prince.

"We are expecting to have nearly 37 leaders, kings and heads of state".

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However, a row erupted Tuesday over USA policy toward Israel days ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump, with fresh questions raised over the White House's approach to the ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem.

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In Saudi Arabia, Trump will help inaugurate a center committed to fighting extremism online and in public while promoting a moderate vision of Islam.

"Historic Summit. Brighter Future", declares an official website for Trump's visit, counting down the seconds until it all starts.

"It seems like we get divided more and more all the time".

The distaste for Obama grew so strong that when he visited the kingdom previous year, only a small delegation met him at the airport and state television did not broadcast his arrival. "They (Saudis) see America a place to invest their money for all the reasons".

And it's not like Keith will hitch a ride aboard Air Force One. "They (Saudi Arabia) also intend to purchase about $300 billion of military equipment".

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