Saudi Arabia Says Trump Visit To Bolster Cooperation

Saudi Arabia Says Trump Visit To Bolster Cooperation

"The meetings in Saudi Arabia will have the danger of appearing overwhelming and nearly confusing rather than producing some meaningful conclusions", said Henderson of The Washington Institute.

American country singer Toby Keith, known for songs such as "Whiskey Girl" and "Beer For My Horses", is scheduled to perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, this weekend in an event that coincides with President Donald Trump's first overseas visit.

The first Saudi-US summit is expected to focus on cooperation between the two countries on security, economy and regional politics. And then, he changed his mind as president and said that it's no longer obsolete, but he still wants its members to, as he puts it, pay their fair share, meaning that they should spend more on their own national defense.

"This is a huge deal for the Saudis because I think they largely felt that what the previous administration had done is unleashed Iran on the region", said James Carafano, a Heritage Foundation analyst who advised Trump's campaign and transition team.

Trump's lack of foreign travel has even landed him with a nickname: the "Homebody President".

Lastly, many in the Arab World see Trump's election and his arrival in the White House as proof of the weakness of the U.S. Many Arabs say they see Trump as an unusual figure and find it hard to understand how he became president of the U.S.

The travel may also help shape Trump's attitude toward other key aides traveling with him who have been a source of frustration to the embattled president: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. The first is a massive arms sale worth as much as $300 billion over a decade.

When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine. In other words, the creation of an "Arab NATO" is in line with the post-Cold War NATO's "eastern expansion" that poses risks to both Russian Federation and China. The largest U.S. military base in the Middle East is in Qatar, and Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which frequently has tense encounters with Iran's navy in the Persian Gulf.

He noted that Saudi Arabia was second after the the fight against IS militant group.

"We have seen Iran's record of aggression increase not decrease" since the nuclear pact, Jubeir said, citing the country's support for "terrorism" and efforts to destabilise other countries.

Mr Trump's views on the Iran nuclear deal - which is now under a USA government review - could cause tensions during the European portion of the visit. Partnership agreements in energy and technology will likely be signed.

TRT World's Alican Ayanlar has more from Washington DC. Also he will meet with President Macron of France, newly elected.

His planned attendance at Sunday's summit of Arab and Muslim leaders in Riyadh had drawn strong criticism from Washington.

First leg of Trump's nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe will be Saudi Arabia, where he will meet Saudi officials and leaders of the six-nation GCC.

Trump then heads to Italy for a meeting with the pope, that will be followed by the G7 Summit in the southern part of the country and then on to Brussels for a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.