Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting

The White House has announced that Saudi Arabia will be the first foreign country Donald Trump will visit as President when he begins his tour to the kingdom, followed by Israel and the Vatican, on May 19.

President Trump will give a speech on his trip to Saudi Arabia this weekend to convey his "hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam", National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said today.

McMaster said that the speech is aimed at uniting the broader Muslim world against the common enemies of all civilisation.

Saudi Arabia and regional-rival Iran should engage in "serious dialogue" to avoid a potential sectarian war, Iraq's opposition leader, Muqtada al-Sadr said on Monday. The second draft of the order removed Iraq from this list, and both are now held up in court.

"The infrastructure program of President Trump and his administration is something that we're interested in because it broadens our portfolio and it opens a new channel for secure, low-risk yet healthy return investments that we seek", he said. Prior to the Muslim-US summit, there will be another meeting between the White House tenant and the Wahhabi monarch, besides another meeting that the visitor will hold with the heads State and Governments o six Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, grouped in the Gulf Cooperation Council. However, Saudi Arabia, like the US, is not a party to the ICC. The package is being developed to coincide with Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia. He also has spoken to Jewish and Hindu audiences at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the U.S. Capitol and a fundraising event held by the Republican Hindu Coalition.

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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.

Trump's senior officials who visited the region recently have already put the basis for the anti-Iran alliance into place.

Two key questions are whether Trump will voice support for a two-state solution and if he will take steps toward his promise of moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem.

Salman expressed hope the May 21 summit with Arab and Muslim leaders "will establish a new partnership in confronting extremism and terrorism", according to a statement he made during a weekly Cabinet meeting and published by the official Saudi Press Agency. The president portrayed his Middle East visit as an attempt to build interfaith cooperation among Muslims, Christians and Jews to fight terrorism.

  • Sonia Alvarado