Saudi says Trump visit to bolster security, trade ties

The official, who has been part of the planning of Trump's maiden overseas trip, acknowledged that a lot of people would say that such a pledge is destined to fail.

Iran, the Middle East's second largest power by economy and population, is the Shiite Muslim rival of regional Sunni giant Saudi Arabia.

With that said, it will likely be hard for many to take his speech in Saudi Arabia seriously, especially Muslims. The White House is aware of reports that an American diplomat refused to allow Netanyahu to join Trump on the visit, but an official cautioned that the reported comments did not reflect the president's views.

This will be Trump's first visit to a foreign country since becoming president, and it seems it will be quite an eventful trip.

From Saudi Arabia, Trump will head to Israel where he will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. "With the safety, security and interest of the American people as my priority, I will strengthen old friendships and will seek new partners, but partners who also help us, not partners who take and take and take", Trump said yesterday in CT. In a post for the think tank, McCants said Saudi royals may be willing to rein in ultraconservative Wahhabi proselytizing if Trump presses them to do more to stop promoting religious intolerance overseas.

With all eyes on Trump's visit, the kingdom will attempt to draw attention to a softer side rarely seen.

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Trump is being urged to address what's happening in Yemen as the fight between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels over the past two years has created a dire humanitarian situation. It is also where Fox's Baier is confirmed as a speaker.

It is unclear whether Keith would be able to perform all of his back-catalog in Saudi Arabia, a socially conservative country where alcohol is banned.

He is also scheduled to hold a separate joint session with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders.

Alani said the new USA administration recognises that Saudi Arabia is a "super-regional state" whose help is required to contain Iran and combat "terrorism".

Known for his liking for familiar spaces, he's said to be reluctant to take the trip, telling aides that the schedule is too long.

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