US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia
May 20 2017 10:23 AM
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President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud along with First Lady Melania Trump are seen in the terminal of King Khalid International Airport following Trump's arrival in Riyadh on Saturday.

Reuters/Riyadh

US President Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the first stop on his maiden international trip since taking office in January.
Top regional ally Saudi Arabia has said the trip will conclude political and commercial agreements and will help bolster the joint fight against Islamist militants.
Saudi and pan-Arab news channels showed Air Force One on the tarmac in Riyadh in front of a red carpet flanked by Saudi soldiers.
The White House hopes the trip will shift focus away from domestic controversies and on to his foreign policy agenda.
Saudi Arabia has been enthusiastic about Trump's presidency after seeing his predecessor Barack Obama as too soft on its regional foe Iran and cool towards Washington's bilateral relationship with Riyadh, a mainstay of the Middle East's security balance.
Trump will make stops next week in Israel, Belgium and Italy. The trip has been billed as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions while including meetings with Arab, Israeli and European leaders.



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