Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump's First Foreign Trip to Promote Peace in Muslim World

Trump's First Foreign Trip to Promote Peace in Muslim World

Saudi Arabia and regional-rival Iran should engage in "serious dialogue" to avoid a potential sectarian war, Iraq's opposition leader, Muqtada al-Sadr said on Monday.

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia is the first stop on his maiden worldwide trip since taking office in January.

Saudi Arabia was accused of producing the terrorists who flew into Manhattan's Twin Towers in 2001 and killed close to 3,000 people, but it was not on the list of seven Muslim-majority countries affected by the President's immigration and refugee suspension. "It's not just "see you, goodbye", it's maintenance, training and ammunition".

Mr Trump has vowed to stimulate the USA economy by boosting manufacturing jobs.

Saudi Arabia is also eager to reset relations with the new U.S. administration after bilateral relations deteriorated under former United States president Barack Obama, who brokered a historic 2015 nuclear deal with the kingdom's chief regional rival Iran. Mr Trump has already shown he is quite happy to resort to military force for short-term advantage, without necessarily weighing the full implications of those actions or even considering other diplomatic options. This included £2.2bn worth of aircraft, helicopters, drones, £1.1bn worth of grenades, bombs and missiles and £430,000 worth of armoured vehicles and tanks. He knows the Kingdom has a vision of development and prosperity, unlike Iran which supports revolution and chaos, and that Saudi Arabia is a leader of efforts to secure the region and restore stability.

While in Saudi Arabia, Trump is expected to attend three major events: meetings with Saudi officials, a separate meeting with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, and a lunch with 56 Arab and Muslim leaders to discuss combating extremism and stopping illicit financing.

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He will then travel to Jerusalem, where they will be carefully watching his meetings in Saudi Arabia. World stock exchanges are vying for slices of Aramco's initial public offering, expected to be the largest in history, with Hong Kong now the frontrunner among bourses in Asia because of its strategic links to key Saudi oil importer China.

"The US always assures Israel that it maintains a "qualitative military edge", Teitelbaum said". The US will reassure Israel or say "you're going to get something better".

Saudi Arabia seems to be fanning the flames of antagonism for Iran.

Riyadh has made "strategic mistakes" in the region and should make up for them, he underlined. "There is a clear mutual interest".

The president and the first lady will also join members of the Saudi royal family for an official dinner.

That the announcement of Trump's trip coincided with the signing of an executive order on "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty" could not have been more ironic.

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