Ivanka terms Saudi visit 'amazing and historic'

Andrew Cummings
May 31, 2017

The conciliatory message delivered to Saudi Arabia, a top USA ally in the region, was distinct from the antagonism previously used by Trump when speaking against Muslims.

While her father received a medal from Kind AbdulAziz, Ivanka secured a commitment from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to the tune of a $100 million to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs.

Slamming the U.S. president's contradictory stances toward Saudi Arabia before and after taking the office, Major General Rahim Safavi said Washington earns huge profit from fomenting regional insecurity and creating tensions among Muslim countries.

Melania and Ivanka are accompanying Trump on his first global trip as president, arriving in Riyadh on Saturday, the first stop on a journey that will take him to Israel, The Vatican and to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 summits in Brussels and Sicily, respectively.

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka said Sunday that ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has made "encouraging" progress in empowering women but more freedom is needed. But obstacles have emerged that may complicate the relationship between the White House and the Knesset.

But his weekend speech in Riyadh - his first stop on his first foreign trip - made no mention of any of that, signaling that his administration will not pressure it on any of the points he previously criticized it for. He then tucked a prayer note into a deep crevice.

The secretary of state also said he believes the Western Wall - where Trump will visit - is part of Jerusalem, The Hill reported.

"That would not have been a part of a speech that I would have delivered", Rubio said in his own appearance on CNN.

Trump on Monday concluded his landmark visit to Saudi Arabia, which he chose for his first foreign trip since taking office in January, during which the allies announced arms deals and investments worth hundreds of billions of dollars. South Korea's foreign ministry said the tests were "reckless and irresponsible actions throwing cold water over the hopes and desires of this new government and the worldwide community for denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula".

Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations.

After hosting Mr Abbas at the White House in March, Mr Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years". And then they gave me two very big bushels of dates, as a present, as a thank you for the trip that we had had. Saudi Arabia and Israel, which should tell you all you need to know about a politician who is despised most places - except for these two countries, it appears.

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