President Trump to embark on first foreign trip as president

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 19, 2017

US President Donald Trump would begin his maiden foreign trip with a visit to Saudi Arabia later this week where he would pitch for the need to tackle radical Islam ideology.

As President Donald Trump prepares for his first overseas trip, Saudi Arabia has announced to make a whopping $200 billion investment in the USA and intends to purchase arms worth $300 billion from America, a senior administration official has said.

"The speech is meant to unite the broader Muslim world against the common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America's commitment to our Muslim partners", he said while giving details of Trump's itinerary for his visit.

But the USA embassy in Khartoum said on Wednesday that it opposed "invitations, facilitation or support for travel by any person subject to outstanding International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants, including President Bashir".

Mc Master said Trump will participate in a signing ceremony of several agreements that will further solidify US-Saudi security and economic cooperation.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump will partake in an official dinner with the Saudi royal family that evening, according to McMaster.

Leaders of more than 50 mostly-Muslim countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan from India's neighbourhood, are scheduled to attend the meeting convened by Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

"I'll ask them to unite for a future of peace and opposition for our peoples and the peoples of the world, first in Saudi Arabia, where I'll speak with Muslim leaders and challenge them to fight hatred and extremism and embrace a peaceful future for their faith, Trump said".

Trump meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican. "So it will be something that will be discussed", the official said.

From Rome, Trump would fly to Brussels to meet leaders of the European Union and of the European Council.

Trump travels to Jerusalem where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and deliver remarks at the Israel museum.

The Sudanese leader was also a guest at a March Arab League summit hosted by Rome Statute signatory Jordan.

It is also considered a snub to Iran as Trump prepares for a summit meeting with a number of predominately Sunni-ruled countries that of course excludes Tehran.

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