US President Donald Trump is expected to underline the need to confront extremism in Islam when he makes a speech in Saudi Arabia later today. His address, to a summit of regional leaders, will come on the second day of his first presidential trip abroad.
It is expected he will attempt to strike a collaborative tone in attempts to bolster support for the US fight against Islamic State militants. On Saturday, the US signed trade deals of three hundred and fifty billion dollars with Saudi Arabia.
This included the largest arms deal ever made in US history, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said was aimed at countering the “malign” influence of Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival.
Elsewhere, Trump has said that he will visit Egypt soon. He said this during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Saudi capital today.