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Trump Focuses On Impact Of Terrorism During Speech In Saudi Arabia

23 Mai 2017

It is the only country where they are not allowed to drive.

Government and journalistic circles underlined that at the last of three summits in Riyadh (the first bilateral summit with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the second one with six leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC), the US president favored a better common future. As a candidate, Trump frequently criticized the religion, saying, "I think Islam hates us" and "there's a tremendous hatred there".

He says the fight against terrorism is not a battle between different faiths, but between "good and evil".

Mr Trump has made a number of controversial comments about Islam, including suggesting he would be open to creating a database of all the Muslims in the USA, linking the religion with violence.

"America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens", Trump said.

On Sunday, Israel authorised some economic concessions to the Palestinians that a Cabinet statement said "will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority after (Trump) who arrives tomorrow, asked to see some confidence building steps".

He said his administration would instead be offering partnership based on shared interests and values. Speaking in Saudi Arabia, in front of the leaders of dozens of Muslim nations, Trump called upon the world to "drive out" the "Islamic terror" movements that persist within their countries.

"This young generation is a generation that can build a future of tolerance, of hope and of peace", she said.

Palestinians, who viewed Trump's victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump's openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington.

"Barbarism will deliver you no glory - piety to evil will bring you no dignity", the president said.

Marking a departure from the Obama administration's coziness with Iran, Trump highlighted the threat posed by the Iranian regime and its proxies in Lebanese Hezbollah and the Houthis of Yemen.

He's also railing against Iran, calling the country "the spearhead of global terrorism". He said that if Christians, Muslims and Jews join forces, "peace in this world is possible, including peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

He has also criticised other politicians for not using the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" - a phrase which, according to advisers quoted in the USA media, will not feature in the speech. "That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires".

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was in Saudi Arabia with President Trump this weekend, and today he appeared on CNBC to chat about it.

The President's speech is expected to help him reset his relationship with the Muslim world after he made a slew of Islamophobic remarks on the campaign trail and called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States during the campaign.

The speech in a gilded hall bedecked with chandeliers is part of an effort to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world after Trump frequently attacked Muslims on the campaign trail past year and tried to ban many from entering the United States.

Melania and Ivanka Trump deplaned Air Force One Saturday in the capital city of Riyadh wearing long, flowing sleeves, but no headscarves, which local women are required to do in the conservative country.

On Saturday, the United States signed trade deals of $350bn (£270bn) with Saudi Arabia.

"If we can change the conversation in the Islamic world from enmity towards the partnership with the USA, and if we can change the conversation in the USA and the West away from enmity toward the Islamic world toward a partnership, we will have changed our world", Saudi Foreign Minister Abel al-Jubeir told reporters Saturday.

But surrounded by huge photographs of himself in a city dripping in gold, while making deals worth hundreds of billions of dollars - Trump may have felt he was in a special but familiar place.

Trump Focuses On Impact Of Terrorism During Speech In Saudi Arabia