Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting

Posted May 17, 2017

Taken together with Trump's visit to Riyadh, these arms sales send the worst possible message and deepen USA complicity in the Saudi-led war at a time when the us needs to be extricating itself from it.

"What President Trump is seeking is to unite people of all faiths around a common vision of peace, progress and prosperity".

"The speech is meant to unite the broader Muslim world against the common enemies of all civilisation and to demonstrate America's commitment to our Muslim partners", he said while giving details of Trump's itinerary for his visit.

The president will also attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels, Belgium, and the G-7 summit in Sicily, Italy.

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His presence will shake up the group, particularly on trade, where he has turned away from global trade deals, and is he also expected to push USA allies for help in North Korea, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Trump has been a staunch opponent of the Iran nuclear deal as it was negotiated under his predecessor, President Barack Obama, despite the Republican Party's opposition.

"I'm looking at two-state and at one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".

Shortly thereafter, secretary of state Rex Tillerson said: "Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests..." Iran's activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen - where Saudi Arabia is involved in a costly war - will be on the agenda. The Saudis are leading a coalition in support of the UN-recognised government against Iranian-backed rebels and militants loyal to a former president.

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The administration clearly picked Saudi Arabia as the first stop on the tour in a bid to counter the widespread impression that the President is Islamophobic.

Tillerson naturally referred to Daesh, al-Qaeda and Hezbollah.

The administration has claimed the proposal doesn't constitute a "Muslim ban". The Saudi package includes American arms and maintenance, ships, air missile defence and maritime security, the official said last Friday.

He visits Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican - the bases of three major world religions - aiming to unify the region against extremism and coordinate efforts to fight the Islamic State group. The US commitment to ensuring Israel has an advantage over the rest of the Middle East militarily, while at the same time selling large amounts of arms to the rest of the Middle East, has been icing on the cake for US arms makers, who end up supplying all sides of this arms race. Options included providing weapons and ammunition to Saudi forces, increasing intelligence and surveillance operations against Houthi targets, and providing that intelligence to Riyadh, according to the report. Even during the years of the Obama administration, when relations were strained, the USA provided Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons. It was the second such attack in as many weeks against the Arleigh-Burke-class warship.

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