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This thread will cover the upcoming visit of president Trump to Saudi Arabia. Trump will deliver a speech concerning new partnership with the Islamic world and will meet with Islamic countries heads of states. Geo political issues like that of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine/Israel conflict and Iranian terrorism in the region.

The summit will take place on the 20 to 21st of May-2017.

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THREE SUMMITS. SHARED VISION.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes President Donald Trump and leaders from across the Islamic world and the United States for this historic meeting on May 20-21, 2017. United under a single vision – Together We Prevail – this highly anticipated event, the first of its kind in history, will renew our mutual commitment to global security and further strengthen already deep business, cultural and political ties.

Over the course of three major summits—the Saudi Arabia and United States summit; the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and United States summit; and the Arab Islamic American summit—historic relationships will be strenghthened through a shared belief in tolerance and collaboration. The foundation will be laid for a new beginning and the promise of a brighter future for all.


TOGETHER WE PREVAIL

As we bring the world together to confront violent extremist ideology, so too are we working in partnership with our American and Islamic allies to improve the lives of our people and strengthen our collective economies.

TOLERANCE AND PARTNERSHIP UNITE US.
A SHARED VISION FOR THE FUTURE IS HOW WE WILL SUCCEED.

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STRATEGICALLY ALIGNED

Saudi Arabia is united with its American and Islamic partners in the fight against terror. We are embracing our responsibility to win the war of ideas and defeat terrorism through tolerance, moderation and compassion.

ECONOMICALLY INTERDEPENDENT
Diversification and modernization are at the heart of our transformation. Deep and mutually-beneficial trade and business partnerships between Saudi Arabia, the US and the Islamic world are helping to unlock our collective potential.

SHARED CITIZENSHIP
Through ongoing dialogue, strategic investment and by creating economic opportunities both at home and abroad, we are driving the changes necessary to secure a prosperous future for all citizens – in the Kingdom, the region and around the world.
A History of Friendship and Prosperity


MESSAGE FROM THE KINGDOM

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Saudi Arabia at this historic moment. We are immensely proud of the opportunity to host this unprecedented gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders and the President of the United States and to showcase the Kingdom’s growing dynamism and potential as a force for good in the region and globally. We look forward to igniting a dialogue between Saudis and with our international partners that we hope will continue long after the meetings have ended and which will foster new relationships based on a shared vision of a brighter futur.


The Schedule
Discover each of the events that will be taking place over the course of this historic set of meetings and the visit of President Trump.
 

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It is our pleasure to welcome you to Saudi Arabia at this historic moment. We are immensely proud of the opportunity to host this unprecedented gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders and the President of the United States and to showcase the Kingdom’s growing dynamism and potential as a force for good in the region and globally. We look forward to igniting a dialogue between Saudis and with our international partners that we hope will continue long after the meetings have ended and which will foster new relationships based on a shared vision of a brighter future.




 
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Saudi Arabia prepares for Trump’s historic visit

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Trump’s hard rhetoric on Iran, which contrasts with the outreach that culminated in the Obama era (Reuters)
AP, DubaiFriday, 19 May 2017
Text size Toby Keith who is to perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia his first overseas stop sends a powerful message to the kingdom: the strained ties that marked US-Saudi relations under president Barack Obama are over.

The kingdom wants Trump to align US interests with Saudi Arabia’s — and is literally counting down the seconds until Trump starts his meetings Saturday. A website for the visit was launched in English, Arabic and French, featuring a countdown clock under the banner: “Together We Prevail.”

“The foundation will be laid for a new beginning” to confront extremist ideology, the website declares, while also touting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 a wide-reaching reform plan launched by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to overhaul the economy and restyle the country through greater openings for investment and entertainment.

For Saudi Arabia, the most significant event is the Arab-Islamic-US summit, where it plans to showcase the kingdom’s reach and drawing power.

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King Salman is convening more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders for the summit in Riyadh on Sunday. They will feast with Trump at a banquet and “forge a new partnership” in the war against extremism, the king said this week. Sudan’s president, who has been shunned by the United States for the past decade, is among those invited.

“Saudi Arabia is delighted at being the No. 1 (stop for Trump’s visit), delighted by the re-emergence of a strong diplomatic relationship with the United States and delighted by the opportunity to show off Saudi leadership of the Arab and the Muslim world by getting everybody to turn up in Riyadh for multiple, overlapping summits,” said Simon Henderson, director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute.

Saudi Arabia has long vied to be the Islamic world’s center of influence. The kingdom hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims annually at holy sites in Mecca and Medina — a fact that Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, noted when announcing Trump’s decision to visit Saudi Arabia first.

Though the Saudi government is framing Trump’s visit around a theme of friendship with Washington, prominent Saudis say it boils down to strategic interests.

INTERACTIVE: Discover the full schedule of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia

“President Trump will not come to Riyadh because he loves us. The Gulf and Muslim leaders will not come to Riyadh because they love him,” writer Ziad al-Drees wrote in the pan-Arabic newspaper al-Hayat.

“The common interests of these international leaders are what bring them together in Riyadh,” he said, including issues ranging from terrorism to rekindling US ties post-Obama.

Iran and Syria were not invited to the summit and they are not part of an Islamic military alliance that Saudi Arabia is establishing to fight terrorism. The kingdom backs efforts to topple the Syrian government, which counts Iran and Russia as its closest allies.

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Trump’s hard rhetoric on Iran, which contrasts with the outreach that culminated in the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed said earlier this month that Obama “wasted many significant opportunities” in Syria.

Prince Mohammed has ruled out any dialogue with Iran, framing the tensions in sectarian terms and accusing Iran of trying to “control the Islamic world”.

The prince’s foundation is hosting the forum where Trump is expected to deliver a speech to the Muslim world on Sunday.

William McCants, director of US relations with the Islamic world at the Brookings Institute, says the Saudis are keen to prove to Trump that he is “getting a good deal” by aligning himself closely with Riyadh.

A parallel art exhibition focuses on modern Saudi art and a Twitter forum will engage young Saudis on how to “utilize social media networks to counter extremism and terrorism.” It is at this event where Trump is scheduled to make his address. It is also where Fox’s Baier is confirmed as a speaker.

Saudi Arabia, which wants Trump to do more to assist in its war in Yemen and help in the fight to oust President Bashar Assad, has arranged separate talks between Trump and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

All are members of the US coalition striking ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, as well as among the world’s top energy producers and biggest military spenders. The largest US military base in the Middle East is in Qatar, and Bahrain hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which frequently has tense encounters with Iran’s navy in the Gulf.

Rounding out the weekend’s events is a US-Saudi business forum with CEOs from companies like GE and Dow Chemical, as well as Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company Aramco. Partnership agreements in energy and technology will likely be signed.
 
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