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

Temperate note: Trump's speech in Riyadh nails terrorism, but fumbles on Iran

"The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror, so too have nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all been victims", Mr Trump said.

"That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds", Trump said.

Much of the focus during the summit was on countering what Gulf states see as the threat from Iran, which opposes Saudi Arabia in a range of regional conflicts from Syria to Yemen. He then took to Twitter with a sharp rebuke of Mr. Trump's choice of allies in the region, and a literal highlighting of the USA leader's own focus on "investment". "We have enuf enemies", Trump had tweeted.

The US President also singled out Iran as promoting a "craven ideology" of terrorism, and called on the Muslim world to help him isolate Iran on an worldwide front.

On the second leg of his first overseas trip since entering office, Trump is to hold talks separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover lasting 28 hours.

"It may sound politically controversial to say this, but the previous president, Barack Obama, tried to bring Israeils and Arabs closer together through peace".

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"We wanted to tell the world that on the basis of mutual respect and shared interests, we are to ready to have interaction", he said.

"You can't solve terrorism just by giving people's money to a superpower", Rohani added, referring to the multi-billion-dollar deals signed between Washington and Riyadh during Trump's visit to Riyadh. But as president, Trump delivered a speech in a country where women aren't allowed to drive to leaders of many nations accused of human rights violations and said this.

During Trump's visit, the two countries also agreed to a massive deal in which Saudi Arabia agreed to purchase some $110 billion in USA arms with an option to buy as much as $350 billion over a decade.

The President's trip to Saudi Arabia also served as something of a reset with the region following his presidential campaign, which was frequently punctured by bouts of anti-Islamic rhetoric.

When he met Abbas earlier this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of USA policy.

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