Trump visit draws country singer Toby Keith to Saudi Arabia

Gladys Abbott
May 19, 2017

English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily. Keith, known for songs such as "Whiskey Girl" and "Beer For My Horses", is scheduled to perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in an event that coincides with President Donald Trump's first overseas visit.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir has said commercial and political deals to be signed during first foreign trip of U.S. president Donald Trump to the kingdom on 23rd May.

"We will also look at terror financing initiative, increasing cooperation between Islamic Military Alliance and the [US-led] coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq", Jubeir added.

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Saudi Arabia will be seeking assurances that the Trump administration will continue its harsher tone towards Iran and keep up pressure, through both rhetoric and action, to stop what Riyadh sees as Tehran's destabilizing activities in the region.

He said Arab-Islamic-American Summit will be attended by 37 leaders and it will focus on combating terrorism, trade, investment, youth and technology, Jubeir said. "We share a very, very large amount of intelligence with the United States and vice versa", Jubeir said.

According to Arab news reports, Jubeir says that "differences" arose with the former United States administration over several issues, and that Riyadh "will work with our allies, particularly [the] USA, to see that Iran is made to act like a normal country".

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