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Trump's Saudi speech to urge unity against radical Islam

Trump's Saudi speech to urge unity against radical Islam

He will also attend a summit with Gulf leaders as part of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

He will also travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican and attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the G7 meeting in Sicily. On Wednesday, the Justice Department relented to calls from Democrats to name a special counsel, tapping former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller to lead the probe.

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 five story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he'll stay in when he arrives, and large billboards of Trump and King Salman lined the highway from the airport.

Despite his domestic troubles, Trump was expected to get a warm reception in Saudi Arabia.

Melania Trump wore a black pantsuit with a golden belt and did not cover her head, consistent with custom for foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told reporters on the plane that Mr Trump spent the flight meeting with staff, working on his upcoming speech to the Muslim world and getting a little sleep.




During the visit, the PM is also likely to meet US President, who has reached Riyadh for the conference.

JEDDAH: Salman Al-Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), said US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia holds unprecedented strategic significance in strengthening bilateral ties, especially given that for the first time in history the Kingdom will be the first country visited by a sitting US president while on their duties overseas. During meetings this weekend, Trump will work to develop relationships with the leaders, with whom the United States hopes to partner on fighting extremism.

Saudi Arabia said it shot down a ballistic missile, fired by Yemeni rebels, southwest of the capital Riyadh, ahead of the U.S. president's arrival. The agreement will provide tanks, ships, and missile defense systems to the kingdom in an attempt to bolster its regional military prowess.

Trump flew to Riyadh overnight on Air Force One.

The centerpiece of Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia will be a speech Sunday at the Arab-Islamic-American summit.

The president, first lady Melania Trump and top White House aides touched down Saturday morning in Riyadh.