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Trump to give speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia

Trump to give speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia

Toby Keith will perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, this weekend in an event that coincides with President Trump's first overseas visit.

While Trump's visit could have implications on the Iran deal, it will also set the tone for the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia following a number of years of uncertainty under the Obama government.

The US president will be welcomed Saudi King Salman.

"As long as Iran threatens with terrorism, it is impossible to have normal relations with them".

Relations between Cairo and Riyadh - traditional allies - also appear to be warming following a notable downturn a year ago when Saudi Arabia abruptly suspended oil aid to Egypt just days after Cairo backed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria drafted by Bashar al-Assad's ally Russian Federation. So in many ways, Trump and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are a ideal fit, which may explain why some Saudis are delighted by the president's visit and ready to welcome him with open arms.

"It will bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries", he told a news conference.

Marwan Kabalan, an analyst at the Doha Institute's Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, told Al Jazeera the U.S. and Saudi Arabia will discuss a strategic plan aimed at countering extremism as an ideological battle.

"By establishing and operating this center, our Muslim friends, including Saudi Arabia, are taking a firm stand against extremism and those who use a perverted interpretation of religion to advance their criminal and political agendas, the NSA said".

If Arab Nato succeeds, the White House official said the United States could shift the responsibility for security to those in the region and create jobs at home through the arms sales. 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. There are no commercial flights connecting Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport to Saudi Arabia, and Israeli airplanes aren't even allowed to fly over Saudi Arabian airspace. And they see a role for USA investment in efforts to shift the Saudi economy from its dependence on oil.

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER H.R. MCMASTER, on Mr Trump's upcoming speech to a gathering of Muslim leaders. In a post for the think tank, McCants said Saudi royals may be willing to rein in ultraconservative Wahhabi proselytizing if Trump presses them to do more to stop promoting religious intolerance overseas. It is at this event where Trump is scheduled to make his address.

The Saudi diplomat added that the countries of the Persian Gulf are cooperating in the security sphere and now have joint response forces.


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