Iran Foreign Minister Disparages Trump Speech, Arms Deal

"May your first trip to our region prove to be a historic milestone on the path towards reconciliation and peace", Netanyahu said in a welcome speech to Trump.

Zarif was responding to remarks made by Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia, in which the United States president called on all nations to work towards isolating Iran.

Gulf Arab states expressed support for the deal, but also fears that the lifting of sanctions would enable Tehran to pursue destabilising policies in the Middle East.

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.

Many Twitter users compared Trump and the other two leaders to movie or comic book rogues, while others simply wondered what the lighted globe was.

Sending a tough message to Tehran shortly after pragmatist Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president, Mr Trump had urged Arab and Islamic leaders to unite to defeat Islamist militants, and said Iran had for decades "fuelled the fires of sectarian conflict and terrors".

Trump's daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner exited from the rear of the plane, holding hands as they walked across the tarmac.

Netanyahu said Israel was unconcerned about the incident, calling US-Israeli intelligence cooperation "terrific".

President Donald Trump speaking with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the president's residence in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

After two days of meetings here, visits to Jewish and Christian holy sites, a side trip to Bethlehem on the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and a speech at the Israel Museum, Trump will fly to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, completing his tour of three religious capitals that he has said he wants to bring together in a new atmosphere of tolerance. Israel needs a strong United States.

  • Carolyn Briggs