saudi arabia

Riyadh launches website for key summits hosting Trump

Summit will focus on re-affirming the long-standing friendship between Saudi Arabia and the United States

13:18 May 18, 2017

Manama: Saudi Arabia has launched a website dedicated to the three major summits the kingdom will host in the capital Riyadh on May 20 and 21.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes President Donald Trump and leaders from across the Islamic world and the United States for this historic meeting on May 20-21, 2017,” the site says, referring mainly to the summit that will bring together the US president and leaders of Arab and Islamic countries.

“United under a single vision — Together We Prevail — this highly anticipated event, the first of its kind in history, will renew our mutual commitment to global security and further strengthen already deep business, cultural and political ties.”

The other summits involving Trump are between Saudi Arabia and the US on May 20 and between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the US on May 21.

“Over the course of three major summits — the Saudi Arabia and United States summit, the GCC and United States summit and the Arab Islamic American summit — historic relationships will be strengthened through a shared belief in tolerance and collaboration. The foundation will be laid for a new beginning and the promise of a brighter future for all,” the site said.

It added that the countries participating in the summit are strategically aligned and economically interdependent.

“Saudi Arabia is united with its American and Islamic partners in the fight against terror. We are embracing our responsibility to win the war of ideas and defeat terrorism through tolerance, moderation and compassion,” it said.

“Diversification and modernisation are at the heart of our transformation. Deep and mutually-beneficial trade and business partnerships between Saudi Arabia, the US and the Islamic world are helping to unlock our collective potential.”

The site said that the Saudi-US summit will be “a series of meetings between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and US President Donald Trump that will focus on re-affirming the long-standing friendship and on strengthening the close political, economic, security and cultural bonds between the two nations".

At the GCC-US summit, the Gulf leaders and Trump will “discuss threats to regional security and stability and the building of stronger commercial ties between them”, while at the Arab-Islamic-American summit, leaders of the world’s Islamic nations and Trump “will address ways of building more robust and effective security partnerships to counter and prevent the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism around the globe through promoting tolerance and moderation.”

The site added that King Salman and Trump will inaugurate the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology (GCEII) that “counters and prevents the spread of extremist ideology through promoting moderation, compassion and supporting the dissemination of positive dialogue.” King Salman and Trump will discuss the GCEII’s “important contribution to the fight against extremism and terrorism".

The site said that Saudi Arabia was looking forward to relationships “based on a shared vision of a brighter future".

“We are immensely proud of the opportunity to host this unprecedented gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders and the President of the United States and to showcase the Kingdom’s growing dynamism and potential as a force for good in the region and globally. We look forward to igniting a dialogue between Saudis and with our international partners that we hope will continue long after the meetings have ended and which will foster new relationships based on a shared vision of a brighter future.”

On Monday, King Salman said he was confident the Saudi-US summit would contribute to consolidating the strategic relations between the two countries in various areas.

The summit will also reinforce cooperation between the two countries over several regional and international issues and will strengthen global peace and stability, King Salman said as he chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting held in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

On May 4, US President Donald Trump announced that he would visit Saudi Arabia on his first trip abroad since his inauguration in January.

Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia as his first travel destination abroad upended a US presidential tradition of visiting neighbours Canada or Mexico before flying to any other country.

According to US reports, by this point in his tenure as president, Obama had made three trips abroad during which he visited nine countries.