US president Arrives In Riyadh For First Overseas Tour Since Taking Office

BAGHDAD - US President Donald Trump arrived in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday morning for his first foreign visit since taking office to take part in the Arab-American Islamic summit.

He was received at the airport by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and senior Saudi officials.

Trump was accompanied by his wife Melanie Trump, Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson and senior White House advisers.

Trump's visit to the kingdom will last for two days, during which Tramp will meet King Abdullah for the first time for a brief meeting, followed by a royal banquet before holding bilateral talks with the king, crown prince and crown prince.

Trump reportedly holds a $ 100 billion arms deal, and he is expected to discuss other issues such as Syria, Iran and the ongoing war in Yemen.

"The president will participate, before the royal banquet, in the signing ceremony of several agreements that will further strengthen security and economic cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia," US national security adviser McMaster told reporters last week.

The next day, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and then hold a luncheon with leaders from more than 50 Islamic countries.

McMaster said Trump would end his visit by opening a new counter-extremism center and would participate in the "twitters" forum with young social networking leaders in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency