11 May 2017

RIYADH — The visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia aims to draw a new regional and global counterterrorism road map.

Sources confirmed to Okaz/Saudi Gazette that the roadmap will take into consideration the benefit from the Saudi-led Islamic military alliance formed in late 2015 to counter terrorism with the participation of 41 countries.

The Kingdom has successfully fought terrorism through preemptive strikes by foiling more than 95% of terror bids.

Meanwhile, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has sent invitations to Muslim and Arab leaders for a summit with Donald Trump.

Among those who have been invited are King Abdullah II of Jordan, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Gulf Cooperation Council Heads of State have also been invited.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi have also received invitations.

The Arab-Islamic-American Summit will be among a series of talks expected to be held in Riyadh on May 20-21, Saudi officials said. There will also be a separate meeting between the leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and Trump, as well as bilateral talks between the Saudi and US leaders, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has said.

Saudi Arabia will be Trump’s first foreign stop since becoming president in January.

“It is a clear message to the world that the United States and the Arab and Islamic countries can form a partnership,” Jubeir said in Washington.

“We believe that it will strengthen cooperation between the United States and Arab and Islamic countries in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and the visit will have enormous benefits for the region and the world.”

© The Saudi Gazette 2017