US President Donald Trump said that Qatar is a strategic partner in the war on terrorism.
The US President stressed on the importance of Qatar’s role in enhancing security in the region and the world, while praising the role GCC countries have played in the fight against terrorism.
He chose the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be his first foreign tour to visit.
Trump said the summit would mark the beginning of the end of terrorism. “We are not in a battle between religions but in a battle between good and evil,” Trump said.
He said that about 95% of the victims of terrorism were Muslims. “We are ready to seek common security and interests. We must unite behind one goal: to defeat terrorism and extremism,” Trump added.
According to US President, the Middle East should be transformed into a global trade hub, considering that the summit represents the beginning of peace throughout the world.
He stressed that Saudi Arabia and the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen “have done a great job against the rebels in Yemen.”
Trump insisted Muslim leaders to take a stand against violence committed in the name of religion.
The Saudi visit is the first phase of an eight-day foreign tour. Trump’s first as president, which will take him to Israel and then the Palestinian territories and on to Europe.
His speech required to rally Islamic leaders behind a transformed thrust to wrestle extremism, with Trump urging religious leaders to condemn violence and governments of Muslim countries to make further efforts to end support for extremists.
Trump appealed to Muslim nations to ensure that “terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil”, and announced an agreement with Gulf States to combat financing for extremists.
“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship! Drive them out of your communities!” Trump said.
Well, we agree with Trump, for once!