Trump to visit Saudi Arabia

May 15, 2017

undefinedundefinedTrump’s visit to the Kingdom signifies the new American administration's intent to strengthen ties with its top Middle Eastern ally and partner in a US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir had said earlier this month that the US visit to Saudi Arabia would enhance cooperation between both countries in their battle against extremism, Reuters reported. 

A senior White House official has told Reuters that the United States is close to completing a number of arms deals for Saudi Arabia amounting to over $100 billion. 

Trump’s visit could also be seen aimed at soothing tensions with the Islamic world following the US President’s issuances of a ban on nationals from Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya preventing them from entering the United States.

The ban was set for a period of 90 days for travellers and 120 days for refugees, unless the visitors hold a valid entry visa issued on January 27, 2017, the day the travel ban was first issued.

After Saudi Arabia, Trump is expected to visit Israel and Rome where he is expected to visit the Vatican on May 24 to meet with Pope Francis. 

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