Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Saudi Arabia

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2017

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz greeted him on a red carpet as he stepped off Air Force One, shaking the hand of his wife, Melania, and riding in the US presidential limousine.

Within minutes of the US President's departure for Saudi Arabia over the weekend, news emerged that a current senior White House adviser is being investigated.

As he arrived, the president waved from the doorway of Air Force One and then descended the steps, joined by first lady Melania Trump.

Mr Trump now travels to Israel before meeting the Pope at Vatican City before attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and a G7 meeting in Sicily.

In another development, the Washington Post said a current White House official close to Trump was a significant "person of interest" in the investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign previous year and Russian Federation.

Most GCC monarchies accuse Tehran of meddling in their internal affairs and want Washington to be tougher with Iran, which secured a landmark nuclear deal with world powers when Trump's predecessor Barack Obama was in office.

Saudi Arabia offered Trump an elaborate welcome ahead of his two-day stay.

The Republican is due to give the address on the second day of his eight-day tour - his first overseas as president - which has already seen him sign off on trade and arms deals worth as much as $350bn (£270bn).

Now, U.S. first lady Melania Trump is not following local custom about women covering their heads in Saudi Arabia.

The White House did not deny the claim that Mr Trump had ridiculed Mr Comey in his White House meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister and ambassador last week.

US President Donald Trump and leaders of the world's Islamic nations will meet to address ways of building more robust and effective security partnerships to counter and prevent the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism around the globe through promoting tolerance and moderation, states the summit's official website.

Saudi Arabia's king presented U.S. President Donald Trump with the kingdom's top civilian honour on Saturday (May 20) as Trump began a trip to Riyadh aimed at strengthening security and economic ties.

Other world leaders have similarly participated in the ardah.

Badr says, in Arabic: "I ask our king, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for the daughter of US President Trump, Evikana's hand in marriage". The draft 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.

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