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US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

20 May 2017, 01:59 | Taylor George

US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

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

Shortly after taking office, Trump had sought to block people from several Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, but the travel ban has been blocked by federal courts.

Billboards featuring the image of Trump and the king dotted the highways of Riyadh and lights bathed Trump's luxury hotel in red, white and blue lights and, at times, an image of the president's face.

"My first stop will be Saudi Arabia - the heart of the Muslim world".

First lady Melania Trump emerged from the front of the plane with the president, for their first public appearance overseas, dressed in a black long-sleeved pantsuit and an oversized gold belt, her brown hair hanging down over her shoulders.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the first stop on his maiden global trip since taking office in January.

Trump and the 81-year-old Salman were seen in friendly conversation inside the Royal Terminal at the airport just after Trump's arrival.

A USA official said the words "radical Islamic terror" aren't included in the current draft of Trump's speech set to be delivered in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

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.

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Saudi and Arab news channels showed footage of Trump's plane arriving in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Sharif will also visit Masjid-e-Nabawi.

But beneath the pageantry and symbolism remains the sting that billions of Muslims around the world felt after American voters elected Trump - a candidate who called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the United States, floated the idea of surveilling U.S. mosques and warned that Muslim refugees represented a national security threat. 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. The agreement will provide tanks, ships, and missile defense systems to the kingdom in an attempt to bolster its regional military prowess.

Unlike predecessor, Barack Obama, Mr Trump is not expected to highlight human rights during his trip.

The President is scheduled to hold a meeting with Abdulaziz and other Saudi Arabian politicians to close economic deals.

Trump dodged one potential land mine when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted on war crime and genocide charges, announced that he would not attend the summit for personal reasons.

Quoting the Koran and calling attention to Islam's contributions to the world, President Barack Obama in 2009 addressed thousands of young students at Cairo University in Egypt in an attempt to turn the page on the policies of his predecessor that saw tens of thousands of U.S. troops deployed to Muslim countries.

Trump will deliver a major speech Sunday to the leaders of more than two dozen Muslim nations, where he will urge countries to drive out extremists, CNN reported. Arab leaders often view those topics as moralizing by the U.S. Instead, Trump promotes the more limited goals of peace and stability.

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



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