Riyahd Summit shows new relationship between America and Islamic world

Riyahd Summit shows new relationship between America and Islamic world
May 22 11:04 2017 Print This Article

President Donald Trump addressed leaders from 54 Islamic countries Sunday at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia. He focused on goals which bind the nations together, including defeating ISIS, Al-Qaeada and other terrorist groups and keeping Iran in check. Trump also spoke about economic ties between the participating nations and the need for prosperity throughout the Islamic world. He said, “The true toll of ISIS, Al-Queda, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanquished dreams.”

The United States entered into a historic $110 Billion military equipment deal with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis put in an order for the advanced Patriot missile defense system, tanks, littoral combat ships with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems, and surveillance and cybersecurity systems. The Saudis will also operate the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology, which will counter the messaging used by terrorist groups to recruit on social media.

There were also remarkable social breakthroughs at the Summit. First Lady Melania Trump appeared at the event without a head scarf and shook hands with the Saudi king and members of the royal family. Trump spoke openly on the need to allow for religious tolerance and expand women’s rights in the Islamic world. He also spoke of the need for unity, stating, “We are united in pursuing one goal – vanquishing terrorism.” ¬†Trump’s flight from Riyahd to Israel on Air Force One was the first flight in history between the two nations.

Trump also outlined his America First foreign policy. He told the other leaders, “We’re not here to tell other people how to live.” He stressed the need for each country to defend itself and urged the Islamic countries to form a coalition of forces to combat terrorist groups and resolve the conflicts in Syria and Yeman. Addressing the terrorist forces which have taken root in some of the Islamic countries, Trump repeated four times, “Drive them out!”