The summit will bring together more than 50 leaders from Muslim and Arab countries.
The Office of the First Lady announced Thursday that Melania Trump will deliver remarks to US military families when she joins the president during his inaugural overseas trip.
As President Donald Trump sets off for his first overseas trip on Friday, foreign leaders have been primed on the best way to interact with him.
“This is as much a sign of Saudi regional leadership” as of United States assertiveness, and aims to show the extent to which the kingdom can gather key Muslim leaders, said Adam Baron, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. The president’s first stop will be in Saudi Arabia, before continuing to Israel, Italy, Vatican City, and Belgium. Trump has previously met with all of the G7 leaders except French President Emmanuel Macron, who took office within the last week.
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Trump will then go to Belgium, where he will meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in Brussels before ending his trip in the Sicilian town of Taormina for a G-7 summit.
Iran, which holds a presidential election on Friday pitting moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani against hardline jurist Ebrahim Raisi, is also likely to loom large over Sunday’s summit, analysts said.
“Relations between states and nations must be based on equality and mutual respect”. “It’s not mutually exclusive”, said Stephen Myrow, managing partner at Beacon Policy Advisors.