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For Trump Visit, Saudi Arabia Brings In Toby Keith for Men-Only Concert

Frank Williams | 19 May, 2017, 18:48

Pope Francis commented on Trump's visit last weekend, saying that he would not judge the controversial president despite diverging views on a number of issues, including climate change and immigration. He said in March 2016 that "Islam hates us". There will be vintage auto shows, sporting events and concerts, including a performance by American country music singer Toby Keith, who also crooned at Trump's inauguration.

Trump's focus at the summit will also likely be on securing more multi-billion dollar military deals, advancing economic ties and isolating Iran.

When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.

"This top level meeting will have a positive effect, a number of political agreements and major contracts are expected to be signed", Jubeir said at a press conference.

Both the countries were discussing several "initiatives" related to arms sales, economic and security cooperation and tackling terrorism. "We'll see a very substantial commitment ..."

In Israel, Trump will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looking to smooth over fresh tensions.

In Brussels, Trump will attend a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the World War II-era alliance which Trump has repeatedly mused about abandoning because member states weren't paying their fair share.

Trump's final itinerary hardly eases him into the delicate world of global diplomacy on foreign soil.

Numerous deals included in the defence agreement are for big-ticket conventional items meant to deter Iran, such as warships and the Thaad advanced anti-missile defence system.

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He said that Washington agreed about "confronting Iran's aggressive policies and its support for terrorism". But the downside is that it could be dominated by domestic-style questions.

McMaster said Trump would deliver a speech in Saudi Arabia expressing hope that a peaceful vision of Islam would resonate worldwide. "The Gulf and Muslim leaders will not come to Riyadh because they love him", writer Ziad al-Drees wrote in the pan-Arabic newspaper al-Hayat. And he'll depart under a cloud of controversy, much of it of his own making, including the White House's botched handling of FBI Director James Comey's firing. "Iran is not fighting ISIL because it's good for America".

During his campaign, Mr Trump vowed to shred the nuclear deal with Iran, but on Wednesday he waived additional USA sanctions on Tehran, as stipulated under the deal.

Saudi Arabia is truly rolling out the red carpet for our carrot tinged Commander in Tweet and gathering as many of his favorite things as they can for his two-day visit. "The best case scenario, according to both sides, is building up a clear and realistic front led by the USA against Islamic extremism that bleeds into a similarly unified front against Iran".

In fact, Trump is the first president since Jimmy Carter whose first foreign destination wasn't Mexico or Canada.

"The speech is meant to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America's commitment to our Muslim partners", National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said.

What Trump has still not done as president is affirm NATO's role as a guarantor of European security-particularly against Russian Federation, the country North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was formed to defend against.

The kingdom has just announced the launch of a new military manufacturing company which it says will contribute 14 billion riyals ($3.7 billion) to GDP by 2030.

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