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Trump, in high-profile Saudi speech, calls for ‘unity’ in fight against terrorism

If successful, this alliance has a real chance of addressing some of the Middle East’s lingering problems of extremism

(National SentinelForeign Policy: President Donald J. Trump delivered a highly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia this morning on his first overseas trip as leader of the United States, seeking “unity” from nations in the Middle East and beyond in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.

“Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God,” Trump said, addressing heads of state from 50 nations, a historic first. “Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination.”

Trump said the only way to combat radical terrorism is “if the forces of good are united” and calls for countries to do their “fair share” in the fight.”

“America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security,” he added.

A centerpiece of the Trump administration’s strategy in battling Islamic extremism is cutting off funding to terrorist organizations.

“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” Trump said. “And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.”

Trump said he was “honored” to be in Saudi Arabia for his first official overseas visit, underscoring the importance he places on the historic alliance between the kingdom and the U.S., and its role, as he sees it, moving forward in bringing stability to an unstable part of the world.

In addition to pledging new military aid – Saudi Arabia signed deals to purchase U.S. military equipment worth $350 billion over the next decade, some of which will be manufactured in the kingdom – Trump also presided over the signing of several private sector deals with U.S. companies worth billions more. Both will bring jobs to the U.S. and to Saudi Arabia.

“The next stop in the president’s nine-day trip will be Israel and then the Vatican where he will have an audience with Pope Francis. Next, Trump will meet with allies at a NATO summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 wealthy nations in Sicily,” Fox News reported.

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