Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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Riyadh is the first stop of his foreign tour.

Saudi Arabia confirmed on Thursday that it will sign commercial and political deals with the United States during U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Riyadh next week, Al Arabiya local news reported.

This will be President Trump's first worldwide voyage since becoming president, and the Saudi leaders are keen to point out the significance of the first stop being the birthplace of Islam.

"It will bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries". Keith's publicist, Elaine Schock, told CNN in an email it's the first time he's performing in Saudi Arabia and it's their understanding he will be the first non-Arabic artist to perform a show there.

The White House has however said that Trump will only make a decision as to whether he will pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement on his return from Sicily.

Earlier this week National Security Adviser H R McMaster told media in Washington that Trump would deliver a speech on confronting radical Islam during his visit to Saudi Arabia. There is no such thing as a direct flights between the two countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with Russian Federation during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety".

Presidents usually stay close to home, heading to Mexico or Canada for their first trip away, so this is yet another case of the 45th doing something out of the box.

The third summit will be between Trump and the heads of state and leaders of Arab and Islamic states members of the Islamic Alliance to combat terrorism.

The outcome of this is what we have seen happen in the past decade or so: several countries collapsed in civil wars, others fragmented along sectarian lines, Russia, Iran and Turkey have gained major footholds in the Arab region, and refugeehood, emigration and terrorism have emerged as the fastest growing sectors in our societies. In Jerusalem, Trump is set to say a prayer at the Western Wall, becoming the first sitting U.S. President to visit the contested territory.

"We believe that this summit is going to focus the world's attention on the need to work together in partnership in order to defeat the scourge of terrorism and the ideology behind it", Jubeir said. "Trump doesn't necessarily want confrontation, but suppose the Iranians hit a United States ship off Yemen, the administration will find itself having to respond".

"This is a huge deal for the Saudis because I think they largely felt that what the previous administration had done is unleashed Iran on the region", said James Carafano, a Heritage Foundation analyst who advised Trump's campaign and transition team. "He's already a president viewed skeptically by much of the world".

Although the Trump administration waived those sanctions again this week, as required by Congress to keep the nuclear accord intact, it added a new raft of penalties aimed at Tehran's ballistic missile program, which is not covered under the deal.

According to The Independent, former President Barack Obama sold $60 billon worth of arms to Saudi Arabia.

"The idea is that the Gulf wants the United States closer to them on Iran, and the USA wants the Gulf closer to them on ISIS", Mr Al Wari added.

For Mr Trump such an alliance would serve the elusive goal shared by U.S. presidents before him, including Barack Obama, of regional partners taking a greater share of security responsibilities.

Will it be the populist, "America first" president who declared to union workers on April 4 that he was "not president of the world?"

King Salman is convening more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders for the summit in Riyadh on Sunday. Saudi entertainment website Lammt advertised the concert and said it will be free and feature an Arabian lute player. The president conferred with the defense secretary about the Middle East and discussed his Saudi Arabia meetings with his secretary of state. Riyadh is taking upon itself the task of winning the intellectual war and defeating terrorism through tolerance and moderation.

If Mr Trump is able to stay on track during his time in Saudi Arabia, Mr Neubauer said, it "could be a place where he finds success, at least in the short term". In addition to the alcohol ban, unrelated men and women are segregated in public. We see their heavy involvement in Iraq.

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