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'Trump summit will ensure Iran behaves normally': Saudi FM

'Trump summit will ensure Iran behaves normally': Saudi FM

The changing relationship will come into sharp focus this weekend, as American corporate titans visit Riyadh for an investment summit scheduled to coincide with Donald Trump's first foreign trip as USA president.

Still, the White House once hoped the trip, wrapped in the pomp and circumstance of diplomatic protocol, could offer a chance at a reset after a tumultuous first four months in office.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. March 3, 2017.

Saudi Arabia will be seeking assurances that the Trump administration will continue its harsher tone towards Iran and keep up pressure, through both rhetoric and action, to stop what Riyadh sees as Tehran's destabilizing activities in the region. The Trumps are scheduled to leave Friday.

"We share a very, very large amount of intelligence with the United States and vice versa", Jubeir said. They've run the gamut from sharing of sensitive national security information with Russian officials to the disclosure that his former national security adviser was being paid by Turkish interests when he made a key foreign policy decision. He's the first president since Jimmy Carter to not travel overseas during his first 100 days in office.

In fact, Trump is the first president since Jimmy Carter whose first foreign destination wasn't Mexico or Canada.

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Saudi Arabia is preparing to shower President Trump in extravagant fashion for his upcoming trip to further align the two nations.

"The common interests of these worldwide leaders are what bring them together in Riyadh", he said, including issues ranging from terrorism to rekindling US ties post-Obama.

Among the invitees is al-Bashir of Sudan, although it remains unclear whether he will attend or, if he does, whether he will meet Trump.

"It will bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries", he told a news conference.

"President Trump will not come to Riyadh because he loves us".

The Slovenian-born Mrs. Trump is the more seasoned global traveler in the relationship. Contracts unveiled this weekend could well eclipse those deals, Sfakianakis said. He'll close his trip with a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily, often-staid affairs that require leaders to be locked in lengthy plenary sessions. Anytime Trump meets with a foreign leader, "you don't know what you're going to get", Kupchan said.


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