Saudi Arabia working to dazzle Trump in busy overseas visit

19 May, 2017, 08:54 | Author: Oscar Goodwin

President Richard Nixon did the same thing during his 1974 trip to the Middle East, which was the first time a sitting American president visited Israel.

"He is invited definitely because it is an Arab and Muslim country", Nugali said.

The foreign minister confirmed Saudi Arabia's readiness to increase cooperation with countries countering ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Trump's decision to make Saudi Arabia his first overseas stop sends a powerful message to the kingdom: the strained ties that marked US-Saudi relations under president Barack Obama are over.

Leaders of more than 50 countries, a lot of them Muslim majority ones, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, are scheduled to attend the meeting convened by Saudi Arabia.

As with all our allies, there is a need for frank discussions among the United States and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the GCC countries.

Iran's election on Friday is its own concern, regional rival Saudi Arabia said ahead of an "unprecedented" summit between US President Donald Trump and dozens of Muslim nations excluding Iran. So in many ways, Trump and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are a flawless fit, which may explain why some Saudis are delighted by the president's visit and ready to welcome him with open arms.

From Saudi Arabia, Trump would travel to Jerusalem, where he will meet Israeli President Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem.

The White House said the president will propose it as a template for an alliance that will fight terrorism and keep Iran in check.

According to Telegraph, a White House official said the two leaders are likely to discuss how "to bring together all the different religions in the fight against intolerance".

Andreas Krieg, of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London, said King Salman is trying to use the U.S. to forge a "pan-Islamic alliance under Saudi leadership as a bulwark against jihadism and Iran".

The Saudi kingdom and the United States also share views on regional issues, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as on the significance of intensifying bilateral trade and investments, he added. The online entertainment platform is billing the show as "An Arabian Lute & American Guitar Unite in a star-studded night".

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER H.R. MCMASTER, on Mr Trump's upcoming speech to a gathering of Muslim leaders.

One main objective is to put forth a framework and basic principles for a unified Sunni coalition of countries, which would set the stage for a more formal NATO-like organizational structure down the line.

Recommended:

  • Upstaged: Predators anthem singer replaced by A-list artists

    Upstaged: Predators anthem singer replaced by A-list artists

    Believe it or not, last night was the first time country star Keith Urban has ever performed the National Anthem in public. Morgan said he went to a team official and advised that he was going to take his plight to the newspaper.
    Gothenburg vs AIK postponed after match fixing attempt

    Gothenburg vs AIK postponed after match fixing attempt

    The two teams, along with the Swedish football association, are expected to agree on a new date for the match. Hakan Sjostrand, the general secretary of the SVFF, added: "It's not just about a single match".
    Here's Why Liam Payne Isn't Really Into Harry Styles' Music

    Here's Why Liam Payne Isn't Really Into Harry Styles' Music

    A source told The Sun earlier this year: " Liam wants his solo music to sound like a mix between Justin Bieber and Drake". Liam's new single Strip that Down will be released tomorrow (May 18)! Insane team.
  • USC flexes brand muscles with L.A. Coliseum naming rights deal

    USC flexes brand muscles with L.A. Coliseum naming rights deal

    The deal is expected to be for more than $70 million and 15 years, though exact details of the agreement have yet to be released. United CEO Oscar Munoz is a USC graduate, Sports Business Daily notes.
    DeMar DeRozan says Raptors would have won if they had LeBron James

    DeMar DeRozan says Raptors would have won if they had LeBron James

    When James hit a step-back three-pointer to make it 106-95 with less than three minutes to go, the would-be comeback was dead. Through three weeks, the Cavs are an impressive +10 per game, which towers over the team trailing them - San Antonio at +6.6.
    Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

    Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

    Golden State reserve guard Patrick McCaw added 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three 3-pointers, Kevin Durant scored 16 points. Without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs are in danger of becoming the next victim of the Golden State Warriors .
  • Senate investigators: Flynn won't honor subpoena

    The committee-which is investigating Russian interference in November's presidential election-issued the subpoena last week. A bit flustered by the confusion surrounding whether Flynn's lawyers had responded to the committee yet, Sen.

    Polls open in first Iran presidential vote since atomic deal

    He is believed to favor Rouhani's main challenger, the hard-line candidate Ebrahim Raisi. "Look at the regional countries". HASSAN ROUHANI , President of Iran (through interpreter): Have them tell you what they have done for the past 38 years.

    Warriors trounce Spurs, take 2-0 series lead

    Golden State's 23 first-half assists were its most ever in a playoff half, topping 22 against Phoenix on May 4, 1994. Klay Thompson , still struggling to find his steady shooting touch, had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Can Knight Riders reverse the tide?

    Can Knight Riders reverse the tide?

    Hypothetically, if SRH had won against RCB in the league stages and not shared the point, things may have been different. After a wait, the rain stopped and the second innings started at 12:55 am IST with the target of 48 in Six overs.
    Paul Nuttall lacks the personal touch in the leaders' debate

    Paul Nuttall lacks the personal touch in the leaders' debate

    Mr Nuttall used the debate to lay out Ukip's stance on a range of issues including the economy, education and Brexit. In Paul Nuttall's head, we're all Natalie.
    Trump transition handling of classified info raised concern

    Trump transition handling of classified info raised concern

    Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, called for a special counsel to look into Trump ties to Russian Federation . But Opposition Democratic party and several lawmakers from Trumps own Republican party expressed concern over the episode.


Popular

C-919: China's first passenger plane completes maiden flight
This includes the electrical system and landing gear, which are produced in the U.S. by Honeywell International. The C919 is the largest commercial airliner designed and built in China since the defunct Shanghai Y-10.

Let's Make a Trade Deal: President Trump's Eager to Renegotiate NAFTA
President Donald Trump speaks to workers at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Luis Videgaray, Mexico's foreign minister, said at an event in Washington Thursday that his country is ready for the talks .

New sanctions on Venezuela officials upcoming
In February , the United States blacklisted Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami for alleged links to drug trafficking. The new sanctions come as Maduro is facing increasing pressure at home and overseas to hold elections.

Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52
Authorities say Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room Wednesday following a Soundgarden concert. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family.

USA adds sanctions on North Korea
Around the time that Kim Dong-chul's detention was revealed, Otto Warmbier was also arrested by North Korean authorities. In the past, North Korea has detained USA citizens to use as bargaining chips in negotiations with the US government.