Welcoming Trump, Bibi Vows 'Hand Of Peace' To Arabs

Trump spoke in Riyadh at the Arab Islamic American Summit, an annual event attended by the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority nations. That deal is still in place with the United States as a signatory - for now, at least.

According to Mr Trump, "95% of the victims of terrorist attacks are themselves Muslims".

The president on Sunday also will convene the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council as part of his effort to counter Iran with a NATO-like Arab force. "They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence". "Pray for the day that the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve", he said.

Yet the absence of any public reference to the kingdom's treatment of women and political opponents during his two-day visit was still jarring, particularly when contrasted with his affectionate embrace of the royal family. Afterward, Trump will meet with European allies at Group of Seven and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gatherings.

On Sunday, the Saudi Embassy tweeted a photo showing Trump, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi with their hands on a basketball-sized glowing orb.

In his address, Trump also lashed out at Iran and softened his tone on Islam by rejecting the idea of a war between religions.

The President singled out Iran as a key source of financial backing for extremists.

Donald Trump added that Muslim leaders must do more to confront extremism.

For Trump, the visit has been a welcome escape from the crush of controversies that have consumed his administration in recent weeks.

Mr Trump has also retreated from a campaign pledge to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, bending to the same diplomatic and security concerns as other presidents who have made similar promises. "Instead, we are here to offer partnership.to pursue a better future for us all". We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes - not inflexible ideology. "We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking and, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms-not sudden intervention".

The past week has included the announcement that James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief fired by Trump, has agreed to testify publicly about Russian interference in the United States elections.

Vali Nasr, a prominent scholar on the Middle East, cautioned that while the White House may hope that Trump's speech is unifying, it could come off as "condescending" because it doesn't acknowledge what the Muslim world has already done on issues like terrorism. "But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land".

Trump stressed the clash was not between faiths. "This is a battle between those who seek to obliterate human life and those who seek to protect it".

However, the evil sorcerer aesthetic of the three men cast in shadows, their faces lit by the glowing orb in between them, was too much for the good people of Twitter to handle without comment. He followed that up with an appeal to religious leaders to condemn extremist attacks.

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