Monday, 23 October, 2017

President Trump seeks reform, not intervention, on Middle East trip

Erik Tate | 02 June, 2017, 09:07

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia also inspired other Arab cartoonists in the region, who celebrated the Saudi-American alliance against ISIS and Iran.

"The president is clearly indicating that this fight of good against evil has nothing to do with religion".

But he deviated from prepared remarks in Riyadh, the birthplace of Islam, as he called on dozens of leaders from majority-Muslim nations to help stamp out terror.

He said the USA and its allies "should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country" and that it promoted "peace, good neighborliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism".

Donald Trump has tempered his language during a presidential visit to the Middle East, failing to use the phrase "radical islamic terrorism", which he often employed on the campaign trail.

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations", Trump said in the first major foreign policy address of his presidency.

"We thought it was a fantastic idea", World Bank President Jim Young Kim said, when news of the $100 million donation broke.

British Columbia Greens, NDP to make announcement on province's government
Details of the "Confidence and Supply Agreement" won't be revealed until it is ratified by NDP caucus, Tuesday. The Greens and the New Democrats together have 44 of the 87 seats in the provincial legislature.

Jewish groups praised President Donald Trump's historic speech in Saudi Arabia calling on Muslim countries to confront Islamic extremism.

He said the countries "cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them". Trump also called for isolation of Iran for funding terrorists, drawing sharp criticism from Tehran. "Drive them out of your holy land, and Drive them out of this earth", Trump advised.

"Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship".

The US president flew to Israel on Monday after a two-day stay in Saudi Arabia, which he chose for his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

In his tweet today, Zarif said that the United States may be "milking" Saudi Arabia of Dollars 480 billion after Washington signed major deals with Tehran's Gulf rival.

"This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a US$110 billion Saudi-funded defence purchase".

"That may not be necessarily because they don't have those feelings there, but because they control people and don't allow them to come and express their feelings quite the same as we do here", she said. "The Iranian regime represents the tip of the spear of global terrorism", he said.

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