Tensions deepen between Saudi, Iran, US after Trump visit

The secretary of commerce expressed surprise - and approval - at the lack of visible protests during President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, despite the ruling monarchy's repression of demonstrations.

Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for influence across the Middle East, respectively backing rival political or armed groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.

Mr Netanyahu added that US-Israeli intelligence co-operation is "terrific".

"What's happened with Iran has brought numerous parts of the Middle East toward Israel", Trump said at a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin.

Zarif also criticised Trump's arms deal and other investments with Saudi Arabia worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

Trump said violence, persecution and terror have stained all these treasures.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $100mn to a women's business fund supported by Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president who on Monday wound up a visit to Riyadh.

In a deal with world powers in 2015, Iran accepted curbs on its nuclear programme in return for tangible economic benefits, and the White House confirmed last month that the deal was still holding. He praised the kingdom's partnership with the U.S., which he said was aimed at achieving "peace, security and positive development".

Donald Trump's vision of a Middle East peace process driven by an enhanced relationship between Israel and the Sunni Arab. Saudi Arabia and Israel, which should tell you all you need to know about a politician who is despised most places - except for these two countries, it appears.

On Tuesday, he is set to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum. And then they gave me two enormous bushels of dates as a present, as a thank you for the trip that we had had.

Mr Netanyahu said he hoped an Israeli prime minister could soon make the same flight.

"We're taking a whole bunch of measures, some apparent some not so apparent, to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge".

The president is set to land at Ben Gurion International Airport on Monday for a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

  • Leroy Wright