Saudi to sign trade, political deals with US

Trump will depart Washington on Friday for his first worldwide trip as president, which will include stops in the Middle East and Europe.

He scheduled to travel to four countries over eight days.

"The meetings in Saudi Arabia will have the danger of appearing overwhelming and nearly confusing rather than producing some meaningful conclusions", said Henderson of The Washington Institute. Riyadh is expecting the US President to make assurances that his administration will continue to crack down on the Islamic Republic and to maintain the pressure it is exerting with regards to its malign activities.

Riyadh will hold three summit meetings, the first will be between Saudi Arabia and the United States; the second summit will be between the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United States, and the third is the Arab-American Islamic Summit to deepen historical ties on the basis of partnership and tolerance.

Last year, Mr Trump slammed the country as a "money machine" that did not "reimburse" the U.S. for its support, then used a presidential debate to attack Hillary Clinton's acceptance of funding from Saudis, who he described as "people that push gays off buildings [and] kill women".

The concert will take place in the country's capital of Riyadh on Saturday, May 20. There are no commercial flights connecting Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport to Saudi Arabia, and Israeli airplanes aren't even allowed to fly over Saudi Arabian airspace.

Jubeir said Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are now discussing several "initiatives" related to arms sales, economic and security cooperation and tackling "terrorism". Find us on Facebook too! King Salman, 81, is gathering 50 Islamic leaders to meet Mr. Trump.

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"It's really meant to be more of a touching base for the president", said Heather Conley, former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs.

The AP reported that in addition to the performance, Saudi Arabia had arranged for a packed schedule of events for Trump's two-day trip, which included inviting figures as varied as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, and Fox News host Bret Baier.

President Hassan Rohani faces a tough battle for re-election against hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who has called for a much tougher stance against the West and says a 2015 nuclear deal has not improved the lives of the poor.

"We will work with our allies, particularly United States, to see that Iran is made to act like a normal country", Jubeir said.

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, often speaks out against the threat of radical Islam.

Graham says past American presidents have been reluctant to pressure the Saudis because of various military and economic partnerships between our two countries.

At a briefing, he said it would be the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the birthplaces and holy sites of the world's three major religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam. "We have all the oil in this country that we need", Graham told CBN News. Saudi Arabia is the US' largest foreign military sales customer, and the USA has long had a physical and advisory military role in the kingdom.

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