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Trump begins first overseas tour with talks in Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump

03:51
Today
Telegraph

Interfax-Ukraine

The U.S. President is scheduled to meet with the leaders of the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

The President of the United States Donald trump is expected to meet in the Saudi capital with king Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.

In the evening D. trump and his wife Melania were invited to a celebratory dinner with the Royal family.

The visit to Saudi Arabia is part in a tour of the countries of the Mid dle East and Europe, which is the first foreign trip D. trump at the head of the state.

The next day the US President is scheduled to meet with the leaders of the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. On a Sunday afternoon D. trump will deliver a speech before leaders of more than 50 Islamic countries.

Previously, the newspaper the Washington post citing U.S. officials reported that during his visit to Saudi Arabia D. trump is going to announce the idea of creating an Arab equivalent of NATO to fight against terrorism and countering Iran. In addition, it is expected that during a trip to Riyadh, the US President plans to announce the conclusion of a major transaction for the supply of American weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Next stop D. trump will be Israel, where he will go in Monday, may 22. In Jerusalem, he will meet with President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. He will visit the Holocaust Museum “Yad Vashem”, it will take Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the evening D. trump and first lady of the United States will have dinner in the company of Israeli Prime Minister and his wife.

On Tuesday, us President in Bethlehem will hold a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. It is also expected that D. trump will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Wailing Wall.

On 24 may, the US President will visit the Vatican, where he appointed an audience with Pope Francis. Before we depart from Rome to Brussels, D. trump will meet with the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella.

In Brussels on 25 may will take place the NATO summit. Previously Advisor to the us President for national security Gerber MacMaster said that at the meeting of NATO leaders D. trump “will reaffirm the commitments of Washington to the allies and remind them of the need to honestly pay their part, to demonstrate responsibility, to share the load.”

On the “margins” of the summit from the American President, in particular, of the scheduled lunch with the new President of France Emmanuel Macron. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders. After the victory of E. Macron on the presidential elections in France D. trump called him to congratulate him. Then the President of the United States noted a willingness to work closely with the new French President in the solution of common problems.

In addition, in the Belgian capital of D. trump also held a meeting with the head of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as king Philippe of Belgium and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

Before you return to Italy, where on may 26-27 in Sicily will host the summit of the group of seven, the American President and Secretary of defense James Mattis will take part in the gala dinner for leaders of countries-members of NATO.

According to Mr. McMaster, at the G7 summit D. trump will “defend the economic leadership of America, and he will pay attention to trade issues”.

In Sicily, the US President will hold several bilateral meetings, including with Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni.

On Friday evening D. trump attended the concert of the Philharmonic orchestra of La Scala, after which he was invited by the President of Italy S. Mattarella for dinner.

On Saturday, may 27, the U.S. President will head home to Washington.

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