Trump meets El-Sisi in Riyadh at start of talks with Arab rulers

President Donald Trump meets key Arab rulers on Monday, his second day in Riyadh, starting with “very, very important” talks with Egyptian President  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom he praised and to whom he promised an early visit to Cairo. He then told Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani they would discuss "lots of beautiful military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States." After meeting Bahrain’s King Hamad, the US president has scheduled meetings with the leaders of Kuwait and Oman. Trump said he would address the Gulf Cooperation Council “as part of an effort to counter Iran with a NATO-like force.”
He rounds off his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia with a much-awaited speech on Islam that condemns extremism. Due to the sensitivity of the audience of more than 40 Muslim leaders, Trump has been working and reworking the speech up to the last minute. From Riyadh he flies directly to Israel, arriving Monday.

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