Trump and Saudi Arabia to Promote Business, Talk Radicalism
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 17, 2017,
May 17, 2017, 11:56
President Trump's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia is a clear sign that the White House is allying itself with Riyadh, as regional power plays between the kingdom and Iran continue to polarize the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia plays a highly visible and significant role in security and counterterrorism in the region, sharing information with many countries.
Trump is showing his support for the war on terror by visiting Muslims, Jews and Christians who are united in their desire to eradicate extremist terrorism.
It's unclear whether any of the leaders present for Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia will be from the seven Muslim-majority countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen - that he singled out in his first attempt at a travel ban.
The Saudi regime, which plays a major role in generating and promoting extremist ideologies and has been even convicted by a U.S. court, is attempting to draw attention away from the realities by holding such gatherings, he added. The prospective defen ce deals are the "fair price" the kingdom is willing to pay for the United States backing against Iran. "Because you don't know who's who".
But Mr. Trump's arrival in Riyadh is a signal that this could change quickly, said Ford Fraker, who served as USA ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2007 to 2009.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster has described Mr Trump's foreign policy approach as "disruptive", saying that his unconventional ways could create an opportunity to help stabilise West Asia. Traditional Wahhabi doctrine is ultra-conservative, imposing a strict version of Islamic law and urging resumption of early Muslim practices.
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Riyadh claimed a "historic turning point" in diplomatic relations between the two countries after Trump met with the kingdom's deputy crown prince at the White House several months ago, according to Bloomberg.
The invitation was delivered during a meeting between Sisi and Saudi Civic Service Minister Essam Ben Said in Cairo.
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While in Saudi Arabia, Trump will also "participate in the founding of a new center meant to fight radicalism and promote moderation", McMaster said. World stock exchanges are vying for slices of Aramco's initial public offering, expected to be the largest in history, with Hong Kong now the frontrunner among bourses in Asia because of its strategic links to key Saudi oil importer China.