Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Sudan says genocide-indicted Bashir will be at Saudi summit with Trump

Sudan says genocide-indicted Bashir will be at Saudi summit with Trump

U.S. State Department is opposed to the participation of the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir to the Arab Islamic American Summit, the AP reported on Tuesday evening.

Trump confirmed his attendance earlier this month, meaning that his first trips overseas as president will include Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican.

He also recommended US President Donald Trump, who is going to attend the Riyadh summit, not to make the same mistakes he used to criticize his predecessors for.

The App is called Riyadh Summit 2017.

Trump is also expected to meet separately with the Arab rulers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

The Saudi Arabia dispatched special envoys to the Islamic and Arab leaders but no Saudi diplomat has arrived in Khartoum with an invitation.

Sudan has been under USA financial sanctions since the 1990s after being accused of state-sponsored terrorism.

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Trump will meet the Israeli and Palestinian leaders during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and there were reports there would be a three-way summit including Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Trump's visit "sends a clear message that the U.S.is standing with its close allies in the region and that they're not abandoning them", a senior Saudi official told Reuters, reflecting the view many Gulf leaders had of Obama, who they considered had made securing a nuclear deal with Iran a higher priority than the U.S. -Gulf alliance.

Washington and Riyadh have a decades-old relationship based on the exchange of American security for Saudi oil.

Trump will discuss how to counter the threat from Islamic State militants, the war in Yemen and threats of ballistic missiles and maritime shipping in the Red Sea, the official said.

On his maiden foreign trip as U.S. president, Trump is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group, the war in Yemen and threats to maritime shipping in the Red Sea with Gulf leaders.

It also comes amid a convergence of interests between Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran.

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