Saudi Arabia counting down the seconds until Trump arrives

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17 May, 2017

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been invited to this weekend's summit in the Saudi capital with U.S. President Donald Trump and leaders from across the Muslim world, Saudi officials close to the king said Tuesday.

King Salman on Monday expressed hope a "historic" summit between Arab and Muslim nations and US President Donald Trump will enhance ties and promote tolerance. Gulf Arab states are optimistic about Trump whom they see as a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran.

Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "We can not have permanent peace in Saudi Arabia without [peace in] Yemen", he added.

Rights groups and other critics say that coalition air strikes appear to have caused numerous estimated 10,000 deaths in the war, half of them civilians, and that starvation and disease loom in the hardest hit areas.

The kingdom's sovereign wealth fund is set to announce the plans which may be unveiled next week to coincide with Trump's visit to the kingdom, sources told Bloomberg on Thursday. The attacks on Syria and Afghanistan and the sabre-rattling against North Korea suggest that the President could launch a pre-emptive assault on Iran.

The White House said Trump would discuss combating religious persecution, human trafficking and humanitarian missions with the pontiff.

Reuters reported last week that Washington was pushing through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others already in the pipeline, ahead of Trump's visit.

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"We defend Saudi Arabia".

Kushner believes that his approach will be "from the outside-in", that is, to sign peace treaties between Arab countries and Israel, then use the generated goodwill and new diplomatic relations to push for Palestinian-Israeli peace.

Beneath the pomp, Riyadh will be looking for assurances that the Trump administration will continue its notably harsher tone toward Iran and keep up pressure, through both rhetoric and action, to stop what Saudi Arabia sees as Tehran's destabilizing activities in the region.

President Trump is expected to agree arms deals of $100 billion when he visits Saudi Arabia at the weekend, with a further $200 billion of deals in the pipeline over the coming decade.

After Jerusalem, Trump will head to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis.

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


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