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Watch video of Trump and other White House officials dance in Riyadh

22 May 2017

President Donald Trump arrived in the Middle East on Saturday, touching down in Saudi Arabia to begin his first trip overseas, a visit aimed at forging stronger alliances to combat terrorism while seeking to push past the series of controversies threatening to engulf his young administration. United States defense company Raytheon will also establish a branch in Saudi Arabia and General Dynamics agreed "to localize design, engineering, manufacturing, and support of armored combat vehicles", the government announced in a press release.

Fired FBI director James Comey agreed Friday to publicly testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The two leaders are also expected to sign agreements locking in a new $110 billion arms package to Saudi Arabia, and investments by the Arab state in the USA economy. In addition to King Salman and US President Donald Trump, 55 heads of state and government from the Muslim world have been invited to participate in the summit.

In a major initiative, the US-Arab-Islamic Summit of Riyadh would disassociate "terrorism" from any particular religion, culture, civilisation or region.

Asked for a response, the White House said that for national security reasons, "we do not confirm or deny the authenticity of allegedly leaked classified documents".

"They don't want to admit they have an issue in their back yard", said a U.S official familiar with the events, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomacy.

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"This growing partnership is really grounded in trust", Tillerson said.

Meanwhile Iran has re-elected moderate President Hassan Rouhani, the architect of a fragile relationship with the West, with a huge majority.

After talks with senior Saudi officials on Saturday, Trump was to give a speech to dozens of Muslim leaders on Sunday. It says one official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

Trump also bowed when presented with a medal, something he repeatedly criticized Obama for doing when visiting with King Abdullah in 2009 - though social media users mocked Trump's awkward motion, saying it was more of a curtsy.

Throughout Riyadh, Trump and his delegation were greeted with great fanfare.

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Video of the dance shows Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross dancing with swords perched on their shoulders as part of a line of men in traditional Saudi garb ahead of a state dinner.

During their conversation earlier in the day, the king was overheard lamenting the Syrian war.

National oil giant Saudi Aramco was also expected to sign $US50 billion of deals with U.S. companies on Saturday, part of a drive to diversify the kingdom's economy beyond oil exports, Aramco's chief executive Amin Nasser said. We used to get our professors from Syria. "You can destroy a country in mere seconds, but it takes a lot of effort", he said.

In response to that article, Spicer said the investigation will conclude there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and any foreign entity.

Trump is to deliver a speech in Riyadh on Sunday aimed at rallying Muslims in the fight against Islamist militants. Syria is also a suspended member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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After a welcoming coffee ceremony, Trump and his entourage were brought to the royal court where the president was awarded the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor.

Watch video of Trump and other White House officials dance in Riyadh