Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Ivanka says Saudi progress on women 'encouraging'

Much of the damage Obama did still needs repairing, and underlines why Trump's policy proposals are potentially so important.

This, of course, happening just after a big election with a massive turnout returned Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to power, an advocate of working with the outside world including the US and Saudi Arabia.

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilisations", he said.

Similarly, the agreement also includes a letter of agreement completing a sale approved in August for about 115 M1A2 tanks made by General Dynamics Corp, as well as munitions, and heavy equipment recovery systems, said people familiar with the deals.

It was billed as a landmark speech on Islam, but US President Donald Trump's address in Riyadh boiled down to an offer of unstinting, unquestioning support for Arab autocracies in their regional rivalry with Iran.

One wonders what was going through the president's head on Sunday in Riyadh, as verses from the Koran were played before his first overseas speech in Saudi Arabia.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who challenged Trump for the Republican presidential nomination past year, said he wouldn't have promised to avoid the topic of human rights with the Saudis.

"India, Russia, China, and Australia have all been victims" of terrorism, Trump said, adding that the countries, as well as the U.S. and Europe, have "suffered repeated barbaric attacks" and have "endured unspeakable horror".

Trump made no mention of the disputed travel ban, signed days after he took office, that temporarily banned immigration to the USA from seven majority Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

Even as the American president pledged to work alongside Middle Eastern nations, he put the onus for combating terrorism on the region. Drive them out. Drive them of your places of worship.

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Saying he came with "a message of friendship and hope and love", Trump told dozens of Muslim leaders that the time had come for "honestly confronting the crisis of extremism". This convergence has already encouraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others to believe that the "outside" influence of the Arab states may finally persuade the Palestinian Authority to get serious about peace negotiations with Israel.

Trump began the substantive portion of his speech by emphasizing that stake.

Critics of Saudi Arabia have said that its strict view of Islam fuels Sunni extremism, called takfir, and some accuse the Saudis of responsibility for the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States. "Pray for the day that the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve", he said.

He said, "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".

Read the full transcript of Donald Trump's speech here. In his Saudi speech, Trump condemned "Islamic extremism", "Islamists", and "Islamic terror", but not once uttered the precise phrase he pressed Obama on.

Parts of the "male guardianship" system are changing, but women in Saudi Arabia still live under wide-ranging restrictions often criticized by human rights groups.

Price cut or not, Lockheed racked up more than US$28bil in sales and intentions, the company said in a statement, covering integrated air and missile defense, combat ships, tactical aircraft and rotary wing technologies and programs.

Hanaya was especially excited to see Trump's daughter, Ivanka, at Sunday's forum - called Tweeps 2017 - and noted that First Lady Melania Trump had met with Saudi schoolchildren earlier in the day.

USA administrations have routinely made such appeals.

The speech comes as Trump tries to escape the fallout from his May 9 firing of former FBI Director James Comey amid accusations he was trying to stop a federal investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation a year ago.

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