Trump Meeting With Arab Leaders Ahead of Major Speech


U.S. President Donald Trump was feted again on Sunday, the second day of his trip to Saudi Arabia, as he began a series of meetings with Arab leaders that will focus on combating terrorism and containing Iran's influence in the region.

Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz is accompanying the premier.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said deals worth in excess of $380bn had been signed on Saturday.

Earlier King Salman also bestowed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor, upon President Trump.

The Summit in Riyadh will provide an opportunity for the participating countries to discuss how to overcome the menace of terrorism and extremism across the world.

The video was originally uploaded by Saudi State Television.

The US official confirmed to CNN the speech will urge Muslim leaders to "drive out the terrorists from your places of worship" and cast the fight against radicalism as a battle of "good and evil".

The Haaretz newspaper reports that Netanyahu fumed at his ministers and ordered them all to attend Monday's ceremony. He added that "no one makes" military equipment like the United States and said a deal would create jobs for the US and security for Qatar.

White House officials have said they consider Trump's visit, and his keynote address, a counterweight to President Barack Obama's debut speech to the Muslim world in 2009 in Cairo.

Delivering the speech here in Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam's two holiest sites, Trump sought to push past his campaign rhetoric - including a statement in March 2016 that "Islam hates us" - but will still be dogged by the efforts his administration continues to carry out.

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"While we need these Arab governments and Muslim governments as our allies, we also need to send a message to the people in these Muslim countries that we support their rights", said Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon also got the chance to participate in the dance together with their president.

Reports also emerged that Trump called Comey "a nut job" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified a senior White House official as a "significant person of interest" in its probe of Russian meddling.

El-Sissi invited Trump to visit him in Egypt, adding, "You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible".

"I wish that President Trump would take a page from that legacy, the legacy of President Bush reaching out in critical and tough times to the most vulnerable community", Awad said.

The king was overheard lamenting the Syrian war to Trump.

Trump's first stop at Saudi Arabia included him landing in the Arabian dessert, with American flags flying everywhere.

The speech will be particularly sensitive given tensions sparked by the Trump administration's attempted travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations and accusations of anti-Islam rhetoric on the campaign trail.

Trump and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met Sunday morning in Riyadh in a bilateral meeting.

The two countries have had a long-term military alliance, though the United States was critical of Bahrain's response to uprisings during the Arab Spring. He is now poised to soften some of his language about the Muslim faith.