Muslim leaders invited to summit with Trump in Saudi capital Riyadh

MAMOSA Report — King Abdullah II of Jordan, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou are among leaders invited by Saudi King Salman for a summit with US President Donald Trump.

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, have also been invited to the summit.

The Arab-Islamic-American Summit will be among a series of talks expected to be held in Riyadh on May 20-21, Saudi officials said quoted local daily news outlet.

Trump has frequently been accused of fueling Islamophobia but aides described his decision to visit Saudi Arabia as an effort to reset relations with the Muslim world.

There will also be a separate meeting between monarchs of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Trump, as well as bilateral talks between the Saudi and US leaders, Riyadh’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said, reported Al Arabiya.

In addition to heads of state from Jordan, Algeria and Niger, the official Saudi Press Agency reported that Salman asked Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to attend.

The leaders of Turkey, Iraq and Tunisia have also received invitations, the Arab News daily reported on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia — which is home to Islam’s holiest sites — will be Trump’s first foreign stop since becoming president in January.

“It is a clear message to the world that the United States and the Arab and Islamic countries can form a partnership,” Jubeir said in Washington, according to SPA.

“We believe that it will strengthen cooperation between the United States and Arab and Islamic countries in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and the visit will have enormous benefits for the region and the world.”

The Saudis have found a more favorable ear in Washington under Trump, who has echoed their concerns about Iran’s influence in the region.

Trump’s visit and address at the summit comes as a coalition of 41 Muslim-majority nations works to create a mobile military force to combat the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria and militant threats across northern and western Africa and in other parts of the region, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Islamic military alliance, known informally as the Muslim NATO, is preparing to hold its first major meeting with defense ministers from across the Muslim world to define its structure and mission.

“This alliance is against terrorism, especially to help those countries which are threatened, but don’t have the necessary wherewithal to combat terrorists,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s defense minister, told the Journal.

Pakistan’s former Army Chief Gen (r) Raheel Sharif heads the coalition headquartered in Riyadh.

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