President Donald Trump Sunday in a highly-anticipated speech to Muslim leaders from around the globe, during his first foreign trip called for unity between the U.S. and Middle Eastern nations in the fight to “stamp out extremism.”
During the president’s second day of his first trip abroad, Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia addressed the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries to challenge extremism by cutting off the financing of terrorist groups.
Trump announced the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which is committed to prosecuting the financing of terrorism.
“Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God,” Trump said.
The council comprises of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the
United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will sign the memorandum of understanding in Riyadh, according to Reuters.
“America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security,” Trump said.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” the president added.
In his first foreign trip as president, Trump also promised to work with Saudi Arabia leader King Salman to bring peace to the Gulf region and forge stronger economic ties, in large part through a roughly $10 billion arms deal.
“That was a tremendous day,” Trump said shortly after signing the arms deal. “Tremendous investments in the United States. Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
The arms deal is part of large, $350 billion economic packages between the ally nations.