Arab-Islamic-American Summit focuses on fight against terrorism and regional issues

The Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh started on Sunday afternoon, with the participation of more than 50 Arab and Muslim countries along with the United States and in the presence of President Beji Caid Essebsi and US President Donald Trump who made his first trip abroad his inauguration last January.

The Arab-Islamic-American Summit, the first of its kind, focuses on discussing ways to combat terrorism and extremism.

At the centre of the debates are also current regional problems, including the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen, in addition to economic issues.

The Riyadh Summit “provides an opportunity to renew the common commitment to work towards international security and to promote economic partnership and political and cultural cooperation between Muslim countries and the US, said Saudi press agency SPA.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said the Riyadh summit is a message to the international community that a partnership between the US and the Arab and Islamic world against terrorism and extremism is possible.”

In this regard, he noted that President Trump’s participation reflects the willingness of all partners to work together to ease tension in the region, engage in interfaith dialogue and promote universal values.

International observers believe that the main objective of the Summit is to initiate reflection on the current problems, including the Iraqi and Syrian crises, the conflicts in Yemen and Libya and the tensions in Lebanon and discuss ways to establish a team, a front, or a coalition to find political solutions to these conflicts.

The Palestinian cause will be all the more central to this summit as the participants will discuss the policy of the new US administration in the light of President Trump’s latest statements during his talks with the Palestinian and Egyptian presidents and during his meeting with the Jordanian sovereign.

At all these meetings, the US President pledged to give priority to the Palestinian cause and proposed holding a summit between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli leader Benyamin Netanyahu sponsored by the US.

Saudi Arabia is hosting three summits, namely the Saudi-US Summit held Saturday and the Arab-Islamic-American Summit and the Gulf Cooperation Council –United States of America Summit scheduled for May 21.


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