The visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia, and his participation in three summits with Saudi Arabia, GCC member-states, and Arab and Muslim countries was an unprecedented historic event. The three summits with representatives of over 50 Arab and Muslim countries was larger than the fourth summit of South American-Arab countries that was held in Riyadh in 2015.
This success reflected the growing importance of the role of Saudi Arabia in the international community with its ability to gather such a huge attendance due to its status, the wisdom of its leadership and the strength of its economy, which has enabled it to be a leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds. The summit also highlighted the power, weight, role and impact of Saudi foreign policy on the course of many important and thorny issues in international relations.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman said: “The Saudi-American summit will enhance relations and international peace and security. It will establish partnership in the face of extremism and spreading tolerance.”
The summit was positive and the two sides reached considerable agreement on many political issues concerning terrorism and Iran’s negative influence in the region. It resulted in the signing of agreements worth $400 billion, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides. This is the largest deal in the history of relations and a major indicator of the improvement in bilateral relations after the chill experienced with the former administration.
Agreement on many issues
Trump shared the Arab and Muslim countries’ growing concerns over Iran and the need to work on isolating it in order to end its interferenceDr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin
President Trump’s speech during the Arab-Muslim-American summit with representatives of 50 Arab and Muslim countries was positive and reassuring. It came after much controversy regarding his policy toward Muslims and the Muslim ban during his campaign.