Iranian president calls USA relations 'a curvy road'

Trump and Salman signed an arms deal worth $109 billion, part of a broader $350-billion package of economic and defense investments over the next decade.

Elsewhere in his comments, Qassemi recommended the regional countries to care about their people's welfare and respect their right to decide their fate instead of spending billions of dollars on attracting USA support.

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka said Sunday that ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has made "encouraging" progress in empowering women but more freedom is needed.

Coming at a time when Trump is doing all he can to roll back the nuclear deal painstakingly put together by the previous administration, expect Iran not to take this latest missive lying down.

"Saudi Arabia and numerous countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays", he wrote in a Facebook post in June 2016.

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.

President Donald Trump did not schedule a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, even as he met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the Riyadh Summit. They're not allowed to drive in the country, work with men, or get married without a male guardian's permission.

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations' Greater Los Angeles office in Anaheim, said President Barack Obama made more effective speeches regarding the region than his successor.

The Iranian president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran past year, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

And they say Iran's support for Lebanese militia Hezbollah and Shiite Huthi rebel forces in Yemen are deeply destabilising.

Jen Psaki, who worked for Obama's White House and State Department, also cautioned against thinking that Trump's speech Sunday means a complete shift.

"It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room", he told the gathered Arab and Islamic leaders.

Trump's signature phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" was not included in the speech, according to excerpts released in advance by the White House. This logic resonates in the Muslim world just as it does in America. "I think it would be a historic mistake for us to walk away from that". He's been besieged by a series of revelations about the ongoing federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

  • Zachary Reyes