Country leaders summit with USA president Donald Trump
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 15:32
Without naming Pakistan, he said, 'every country must ensure that terrorists don't find any sanctuary on their lands'.
Trump's speech at an Arab-Islamic-American summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh marked a dramatic departure from his rhetoric toward Muslims during the presidential campaign.
He made no mention of the disputed travel ban, signed days after he took office, that temporarily banned immigration to the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
He said that every nation must shoulder the burden of rooting our terrorism from their countries.
Mr Trump is now on his first presidential trip overseas, with Saudi Arabia the first stop on a nine-day journey that includes Israel, Italy and Belgium. "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.This is a battle between good and evil".
"Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God", he said.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: "This new Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre will enhance existing tools and cooperation with partners in the Gulf to forcefully address evolving threats". They're not allowed to drive in the country, work with men, or get married without a male guardian's permission. Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship.
On Sunday, Trump and Saudi Arabia's king announced the Terrorism Financing Targeting Center, co-chaired by the USA and Saudi Arabia.
Introducing Trump, Saudi King Salman described Tehran as a mutual foe and a source of terrorism they must confront together. "There won't be strain with this relationship", Mr Trump said. "And drive them out of this Earth", Trump added.
The leaders were in fact inaugurating a new state-of-the-art center in Riyadh to monitor and combat extremism, each placing their hands on the globe that officially activated the center and launched a splashy welcome video.
The Republicanp president also lambasted Iran during his speech, decrying its role in the spread of radicalization.
Trump pointed out that the overwhelming majority of victims of terrorist attacks are the "innocent people of the Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations", saying that "95 percent of the victims of terrorist attacks are themselves Muslims".