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Donald Trump's Saudi Arabia speech: eight key points

24 May 2017

In the grand King Abdulaziz Conference Centre, with crystal chandeliers and gold-rimmed side tables laden with snacks and sterling silver pens, the leaders listened to Mr Trump's first official speech to leaders overseas since his inauguration. That's not the case in many countries, such as Saudi Arabia, he went on.

- He said: "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it".

It "is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilisations" but "a battle between good and evil", he said.

The Saudi and Emirati contributions are just part of the total fund. It has nothing to do with country.

Mr Netanyahu said he hoped an Israeli prime minister could soon make the same flight.

Tillerson was speaking at a press availability in Riyadh with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir after Trump told the Arab-Islamic American Summit that the USA and Muslim world "begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to all of our citizens".

"Iran - fresh from real elections - attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation".

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The Saudi visit is the first leg of an eight-day foreign tour - Mr Trump's first as president - that will take him on Monday to Israel and then the Palestinian territories and on to Europe. "That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds". "This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a far greater role in security and operations having to do with security".

He said the United States and its allies "should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country" and that it promoted "peace, good neighborliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism". Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities.

"We are not here to lecture, we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be or how to worship".

Sitting alongside Mr. Trump, Saudi King Salman declared: "The Iranian regime has been the spearhead of global terrorism".

His speech at an Arab-Islamic-American summit marked a dramatic departure from the rhetoric during his presidential campaign - most notable was his deliberate decision not to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" as he pointedly did as a candidate, the Wall Street Journal reported. And Trump's prepared address notably refrains from mentioning democracy and human rights - topics Arab leaders often view as US moralizing - in favor of the more limited goals of peace and stability.

Trump has also opted against an immediate move of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a longtime demand of Israel. "I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust", Trump said in the speech written by senior advisor Stephen Miller.

Mr Trump was welcomed warmly in Riyadh, where he and first lady Melania Trump were given an extravagant reception. Trump, however, inked an arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday worth over $100 billion, signaling a renewed commitment to the alliance.

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In both cases, the USA sides with Saudi Arabia.

"I'm much more forceful and open and vocal about criticizing, whether it's Egypt or Saudi Arabia for its human rights record", Rubio said.

White House aides have also tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Mr Trump's stop, casting the visit as symbolic.

During his campaign, he mused, "I think Islam hates us".

Hamas said Mr Trump's description of the group showed his "complete bias" towards Israel.

The past week has included the announcement that James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief fired by Mr Trump, has agreed to testify publicly about Russian interference in the USA elections.

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