Trump calls for global coalition against terrorism, 'isolation' of Iran

Launching a scathing attack on United States President Donald Trump for his comments on Iran during an Arab-Islamic-American Summit in riyadh on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the US might be "milking" Saudi Arabia of $480 billion after the two sides signed major deals.

"India, Russia, China, and Australia have all been victims", the USA president said.

"Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil".

Trump called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to "drive out" terrorism from their countries putting the burden of combating militant groups in the region.

Trump and her stepmother, First Lady Melania Trump, have visited the kingdom along with President Donald Trump during his first foreign trip since taking office, during which the president has signed a $110 billion arms with Saudi Arabia that says Riyadh will buy military equipment from the U.S. "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it".

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz told Trump he is convinced the president has what it takes to reinvigorate the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process during their meeting in Riyadh on Saturday, said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during a press conference.

After the speech, Trump accompanied King Salman, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and other leaders to open a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh.

But he warned Middle Eastern nations that they "cannot wait for American power to crush" Islamic terrorism, stating that America's role is not to "lecture" or "tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship".

US President Donald Trump said yesterday that Qatar is a strategic partner in the war on terrorism.

"Terrorism has spread all across the world", Trump said.

The summit of 50 leaders is the highlight of Trump's two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and the first stop on Trump's inaugural multi-nation tour as president.

His signature phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" was not included in the speech.

On Sunday, Trump and Saudi Arabia's king announced the Terrorism Financing Targeting Center, co-chaired by the US and Saudi Arabia.

President Trump's keynote speech to more than 40 leaders of Muslim nations takes him into risky territory.

"During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope", Trump said in a brief speech on arrival.

"Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities".

Trump's Riyadh visit kicked off his first presidential trip overseas, with Saudi Arabia the first stop on a nine-day journey through the Middle East and Europe.

  • Zachary Reyes