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Trump visit draws country singer Toby Keith to Saudi Arabia

Trump visit draws country singer Toby Keith to Saudi Arabia

Trump's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia will be his first overseas trip since taking office on January 20.

At end of the summit, leaders are going to launch global counter-extremism center in Riyadh, which will fight an "ideological battle", he added.

The President, it's said, has been central to the planning of the trip where he will deliver what a White House official described as "an inspiring, direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the President's hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam".

On top of the arms deal, Trump will reportedly call for the formation of an "Arab NATO" to fight terrorism and present a challenge to Iran, according to The Washington Post.

"That's an internal Iranian matter", Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told journalists when asked his expectations for Friday's presidential vote in Iran.

The advertisements for Keith's purported concert Saturday night in Riyadh bill it as a night of "Arabian lute and American guitar", with the American musician sharing the stage with Rabeh Sager, a popular Saudi singer.

The Stars and Stripes are flying in Riyadh's streets, intermixed with Saudi flags.

Trump will then meet the Pope at the Vatican, head to the European Union headquarters in Brussels, meet with France's new president Macron for the first time, and attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders meeting before traveling to Sicily in Italy for the G7 summit starting on May 26.

"We are expecting to have nearly 37 leaders, kings and heads of state".

The agreement, between the U.S. under former president Barack Obama, five other world powers, and Tehran, was viewed with suspicion by Riyadh.

Leaders and representatives of 55 countries - from the southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei to Africa's Niger and heavyweights including Turkey - have been invited by King Salman for Sunday's summit with Trump.

Participation in "the inauguration of a new center meant to fight radicalism and promote moderation" is also on Trump's schedule while in Riyadh.

"Historic Summit. Brighter Future", declares an official website for Trump's visit, counting down the seconds until it all starts. "They (Saudis) see America a place to invest their money for all the reasons".

More American involvement, a more entrenched Nato-like military structure, and increased professional capability to match Nato forces may come about in the new Arab Nato alliance in part due to the motivation of Saudi Arabia. And they see a role for USA investment in efforts to shift the Saudi economy from its dependence on oil.

Saudi Arabia is said to have been chosen as the first stop because it's the birthplace of Islam and the custodian of the two Holy Mosques.