India Too a Victim of Terrorism, Says Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 15:25
Almost three dozen heads of state and governments from Muslim-majority countries are in the Saudi capital for the Arab Islamic American Summit. "Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?"
The deal is worth around $110 billion, in ships, planes weapons and other military equipment, and is expected to swell to around $380 billion over the next ten years according to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
In remarks to a summit of regional leaders in Saudi Arabia's capital, Trump will declare the solidarity of the United States in pursuing peace and security, while calling on leaders to do their "fair share" in what he called a battle "between good and evil".
In a carefully worded speech delivered at a gathering of about 50 leaders of Muslim-majority countries, Trump did not use his signature phrase "radical Islamic terrorism", a term he often used during his campaign for the United States president.
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, advised Trump to discuss how to avoid another September 11 attack with the Saudi hosts of his first official visit overseas, Zarif wrote in an editorial published on Sunday.
Terming the fight against terrorism as a "battle between good and evil", and not a clash between "the West and Islam", Mr Trump sought to chart a new course for America's role in the region - aimed at rooting out terrorism.
A Sunday meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi underscored the kinship, with Trump saluting his counterpart on the April release of Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi, who had been detained in the country for almost three years.
"We are not here to lecture - to tell other peoples how to live, what to do or who to be. Instead, we are here to offer partnership - based on shared interests and values", Trump said.
"Every nation has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no quarter on their soil", the US President said.
The President further pledged to work alongside the West Asian nations to combat extremist ideology in the region as all the countries from the USA to India, Australia to Russian Federation - have been "victim of terrorism and have suffered repeated barbaric attacks". "Drive them out of your communities!" "That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds".
Trump spoke on his fourth and final day in the Middle East. The president seeks to pay homage to the three Abrahamic religions.
In the run-up to Trump's visit here, there was speculation about whether he would utter the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" in his speech, the centerpiece of his Saudi trip.
"The people of Iran have endured hardship and despair due to their leaders reckless pursuit of conflict and terror".
"All nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve".
"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 added. The revisions have dulled some of the rhetoric, but Trump's aides wouldn't be surprised if Trump veers off the written speech at times while he is delivering it.
During the presidential campaigns ahead of elections, Trump had repeatedly condemned the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran and had promised to 'dismantle the disastrous mistake'.