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President Trump and Saudi King Salman meet in Riyadh

20 May 2017, 02:27 | Kelvin Horton

Trump was received by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport, Efe news reported.

Trump and his motorcade then made their way to his hotel for a few hours of downtime before beginning the day's meetings.

The speech will be especially sensitive given tensions sparked by the Trump administration's attempted travel ban targeting several Muslim majority nations and accusations of anti-Islamic rhetoric on the campaign trail.

In Riyadh, a five-story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he is staying at.

A red carpet was rolled out and staircase rolled up to Air Force One minutes after it landed shortly before 9:50 am (0650 GMT) local time.

The Saudi-US Summit on Saturday will feature a series of bilateral meetings between King Salman and Trump, and "focus on re-affirming the long-standing friendship, and strengthening the close political, economic, security and cultural bonds between the two nations".

White House officials have said they consider Mr. Trump's visit, and his keynote address, a counterweight to President Obama's debut speech to the Muslim world in 2009 in Cairo.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told reporters on the plane that Trump spent the flight meeting with staff, working on his upcoming speech to the Muslim world and getting a little sleep.

President Donald Trump has touched down in Saudi Arabia as he begins his first trip overseas since taking office. In 2015, her husband had, in a tweet, criticized former first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during a visit to the kingdom.


Trump remains popular in the Gulf, where leaders hope he'll take a harder line on Iran than his predecessor Barack Obama.

"President Trump understands that America First does not mean America alone", said H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser.

The bans, which were blocked by USA courts, did not include Saudi Arabia - one of the main United States allies in the Middle East - among the blacklisted countries, although 15 of the 19 men involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks were Saudi citizens.

Trump will also travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily. But it's increasingly clear that the swirl of controversy will shadow Trump during his stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, Brussels, and Sicily.

RIYADH: President Donald Trump is set to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning, for a historic meeting tipped to "turn the page" on US-Arab affairs after a strained relationship under the previous American administration.

Parallel to these meetings, a forum for the fight against terror and extremism is to be held, sponsored by the Saudi-led anti-terror military coalition.

It will be followed Sunday by the GCC-US Summit, Arab Islamic American Summit, and the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

On the sidelines of the summit, Sharif is likely to meet the world leaders who will be attending the conference, including Trump, the Geo News reported. The scheduling choice is designed in part to show respect to the region after months of harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric. The draft notably refrains from mentioning democracy and human rights - topics Arab leaders often view as USA moralizing - in favor of the more limited goals of peace and stability.



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