Trump seeks "coalition of nations" in Middle East

Some 35 heads of state and government from Muslim-majority countries were in Riyadh for the Arab Islamic American Summit, mainly from Sunni states friendly to Saudi Arabia.

In a speech that was in part an attempt by the U.S. president to distance himself from previous anti-Muslim comments and his controversial introduction of an travel ban aimed primarily at some Muslim-majority countries, the president said the fight against terrorism was "not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations".

"Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve". "Drive them out of your communities!"

"Saudi Arabia's progress, especially in recent years, is very encouraging but there's still a lot of work to be done and freedoms and opportunities to continue to fight for", Ivanka Trump said.

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Before the speech, Trump held individual meetings with leaders of several nations, including Egypt and Qatar. "Love your shoes. Leaders from around the Muslim world gathered in Riyadh to hear the two leaders give their historic addresses.

Mr Trump, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia's King Salman are lit from below by the glowing orb, in a scene that's been compared to the summoning of an ancient evil, or a shady ceremony straight out of the fevered imagination of an Alex Jones-style conspiracy theorist.

Trump called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to "drive out" terrorism from their countries in his speech. Drive them out of your holy land.

"This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil". He condemned "Islamists" and "Islamic terror of all kinds", but never specifically referred to radical Islam. Kuwait Trump praised the United States relationship with Kuwait during a meeting with the country's emir on Sunday.

Mr Trump's address was the centrepiece of his visit to Riyadh, which started on Saturday with the announcement of billions of dollars in trade deals with Saudi Arabia and continued Sunday with the speech and meetings with Arab leaders.

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The United States and Gulf Arab countries announced an agreement to coordinate efforts against the financing of terrorist groups.

Saudi Arabia's poor track record on human rights forced the Obama administration to strike an awkward balance between condemning its human rights abuses and maintaining its support in the fight against terrorism.

"We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again - and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope", he added. In another move sure to please his hosts, Mr Trump accused Saudi Arabia's regional rival Shiite Iran of fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

Mr Trump arrives in Israel on Monday for a two-day trip, during which he will visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

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