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Arab and Muslim states welcome Trump’s historic visit to Riyadh

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The historic Islamic-Arab summit to be held on Sunday with US President Donald Trump in Riyadh has been welcomed by the Arab and Islamic world.

The summit is the first event of this kind. Fifty Arab and Islamic countries will take part in this event and focus on a common strategy to fight the global terrorism.

Trump is set to meet with the Bahrain king, Qatari emir, Egyptian president, Kuwaiti emir and other Arab heads of state.

Abdelkarim Hermi, diplomatic adviser to the Tunisian president, said that Essebsi will deliver a speech during this summit presenting the Tunisian vision on the scourge of terrorism, the fight against extremism as well as the efforts made on a regional and global level in order to eradicate this phenomenon.

Trump’s Sunday speech, the centerpiece of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, will address the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries to cast the challenge of extremism as a “battle between good and evil” and urge Arab leaders to “drive out the terrorists from your places of worship,” according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press.

The president's stop in Saudi Arabia's capital kicked off his first foreign trip as president, an ambitious, five-stop swing that will take him through the Middle East and into Europe. He’s the only American president to make Saudi Arabia - or any Muslim-majority nation - his first overseas visit.

(With AP)