Saudi gears up for series of summits in Riyadh with Trump

Saudi gears up for series of summits in Riyadh with Trump

Reuters reported last week that Washington was pushing through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others already in the pipeline, ahead of Trump's visit.

It also offers the president the opportunity to work with the leaders of the Arab nations to promote peace in the Middle East, fight terrorism, and counter Iran's expanding political influence in the area.

Saudi Arabia has long vied to be the Islamic world's center of influence. They sold Saudi Arabia alone $60bn in arms, which sparked criticism by Democrats concerned with Saudi Arabia's alleged human rights violations.

This will be Trump's first visit to a foreign country since becoming president, and it seems it will be quite an eventful trip. After Saudi Arabia, he travels to Israel and follow it with a visit to Italy, where he will have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman shake hands at the White House on March 14, 2017.

Andreas Krieg, of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London, said King Salman is trying to use the United States to forge a "pan-Islamic alliance under Saudi leadership as a bulwark against jihadism and Iran".

The most concrete part of the idea is a mammoth USA arms package for Saudi Arabia that Trump will also announce in Riyadh.

He sang in front of Donald and Melania Trump at the "Make America Great Again!" welcome celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

President Hassan Rouhani 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.

If Arab Nato succeeds, the White House official said the USA could shift the responsibility for security to those in the region and create jobs at home through the arms sales. It is also where Fox's Baier is confirmed as a speaker. At Duke University, he wrote a newspaper column in which he said that "Islamic terrorists.have declared a death sentence on every man, woman and child living in this country".

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

Some warn the agenda could be too ambitious.

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