Trump says ties with Bahrain won't be strained anymore
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 7:42
The main roads were adorned with Saudi and U.S. flags, and large billboards had appeared on every street corner.
First lady Melania Trump paid a visit to the American International School in Riyadh on Sunday while her husband held a series of bilateral meetings with Arab leaders.
For the record, this award was also bestowed upon former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Some experts see Aladdin as a ideal metaphor for Trump and his no-holds-barred exploration of the Gulf. The US president's decision to make Riyadh his first official port of call has been well received with the kingdom's decision makers.
SoftBank Group Corp. and Saudi Arabia formally announced the first round of capital commitments for the largest-ever technology investment fund.
In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publicly admonish Mideast rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns.
Steinitz says the deal is "definitely something that should trouble us". A report by the D.C. -based Center for International Policy said the Obama administration had offered over $115 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in 42 separate deals, more than any other USA administration before him.
Honeywell International Inc., Nabors Industries Ltd., Exxon Mobil Corp., and Lockheed Martin Corp. were among other U.S. companies to sign accords Saturday after American corporate titans met local business heads in Riyadh. We feared a president we were led to believe hates our values and culture, but we got one who sipped our coffee, joined us in sword dancing and told us last night that the U.S. is not here to impose its way of life, but to offer us a helping hand if we choose to take it.
The other point that Saudi officials have been quick to state was that these major deals were not like numerous traditional transactions between the two countries.
FUNDSEven as it sought USA investment on Saturday, Riyadh made two announcements on plans to deploy its own financial reserves for projects that would cement economic ties with the United States. And understandably so - the signing of multi-billion dollar partnerships on an unprecedented scale should offer significant economic opportunities for both sides.
As well as ceremonial the Presidential visit to Saudi Arabia also included negotiations about security and a huge arms deal between the two countries.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with US President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations", Trump is expected to say according to White House speech excerpts.
This is Trump's first foreign trip as president, and he delivered the address to leaders of dozens of Arab and Muslim-majority nations.
Under political fire at home, U.S. President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion (84.4 billion pounds) arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.