Saudi, US sign deals 'in excess of $380 billion': Saudi FM


Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir affirmed that the visit of US President Donald Trump to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a beginning of building a new era in bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation between the two countries and the Arab and Islamic world.

Trump was greeted warmly during his Saudi visit, and USA and Saudi officials signed at least $350 billion in business transactions on the first day - including a $110 billion defense and military deal to bolster the Saudi military.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Saudi Arabia is the top destination for USA arms, with the kingdom purchasing about 10 per cent of USA exports from 2011 to 2015.

'Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them, ' Trump added a day later.

President Donald Trump's one time campaign adviser and longtime confidante Roger Stone criticized the president's meeting with the Saudi leaders Saturday and said the royal reception Trump received in Riyadh, including the country's highest civilian honor as vomit inducing.

Saudi Arabia's leaders soured on Obama, and King Salman did not greet him at the airport during his final visit to the kingdom.

Mr Trump appears to be taking a tougher stance on Iran compared to his predecessor Barack Obama, pleasing Saudi Arabian officials.

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"We are especially proud of how our broad portfolio of advanced global security products and technologies will enhance national security in Saudi Arabia, strengthen the cause of peace in the region, and provide the foundation for job creation and economic prosperity in the USA and in the Kingdom".

Arriving on Saturday for the President's first worldwide tour, neither Melania nor Ivanka covered their long hair as they stepped off the plane.

Interestingly, Trump had critcised former FLOTUS Michelle Obama for not covering her head with a scarf during President Obama's Saudi Arabia visit.

Trump has also signed a huge arms deal at the start of his first visit to Saudi Arabia since when the US Presidency past year.

Trump's visit comes at a time when he is facing political difficulties, in the shape of a backlash for his sacking of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey. White House aides view the address as a counter to Obama's 2009 speech to the Muslim world, which Trump criticized as too apologetic for USA actions in the region.

King Salman and Trump held high-level talks in the Saudi capital, where they co-signed the Saudi-US "Joint Strategic Vision Declaration", as a series of defense, business and technology deals were agreed in the Saudi capital. To reconcile those "America first" policies with his attempts to build global coalitions, Trump promises that US foreign policy would be guided by what he called "principled realism".

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilisations. this is a battle between good and evil". And Trump's prepared address notably refrains from mentioning democracy and human rights - topics Arab leaders often view as US moralizing - in favour of the more limited goals of peace and stability.