Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

President Donald Trump says he didn't mention Israel in meeting with Russians

In his speech, Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders to unite to "drive out" terrorists and said Muslim countries should work with the US against "Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds".

"In every country, including the United States, women and girls face challenges", Trump told a small group of accomplished Saudi women gathered for a dialogue with her about how to build on their successes. And then they gave me two big bushels of dates as a present, as a thank you for the trip that we had had.

"There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran", he said, at a welcome meeting with President Rueven Rivlin.

Trump rode to the White House on the back of strident anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric; it is therefore welcome that he struck a conciliatory note in Riyadh.

At the end of his appearance with Netanyahu, Trump said that he "never mentioned the word or the name Israel" in his conversation with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador.

Salman also pledged that the USA and Saudi Arabia will advance to the "level of strengthening consultations, cooperation and coordination on all fronts".

Trump Journeys To 'Palestine' For Talks With Mahmoud Abbas
Following a private meeting with Abbas, Trump was expected to make remarks about the deadly explosion in Manchester, England. After the wreath-laying ceremony, Trump will deliver an address at the Israel Museum to the Israeli people.

The Commerce secretary, who accompanied Trump to the oil-rich kingdom over the weekend, said he found it "fascinating" that he did not see "a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there".

Under interim agreements 60% of the West Bank, known as Area C, site of Israel's settlements, is under Israeli control and Palestinian development there has mostly been forbidden by Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal government announcement.

One point of contention: the fate of east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.

Israel considers the entire city to be its capita while the worldwide community says the future of east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians, must be resolved through negotiations.

While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump took office.

Washington is leading a coalition battling I.S., a Sunni Muslim jihadist organization, in Syria and Iraq, and Trump said he would hold a press conference "in about two weeks" on how the faring in the battle.

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