The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, will urge unity between the world’s major faiths during his maiden foreign trip that will take him to Saudi Arabia, the Vatican and Jerusalem.
The President’s itinerary was laid out by US National Security Advisor HR McMaster who confirmed that he would be addressing a gathering of Muslim leaders on his hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam. Trump is due to depart for the same later this week.
• This is the first time that a US President has chosen predominantly Muslim nations for his first official trip.
• Previously, US heads have generally chosen neighbouring nations such as Canada or Mexico for their first Presidential trip.
• In Saudi Arabia, Trump would be meeting with the King of the country, King Salman and his crown prince.
• After conducting a day of talks with the royalty, Trump would be attending a gathering of dozens of leaders from across the Muslim world.
• Trump’s speech at the gathering is aimed to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies and to demonstrate America’s commitment towards its Muslim partners.
• Trump will also help open a centre to de-radicalize extremists.
After Saudi Arabia, Trump will be visiting Jerusalem, where he will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visit the Vad Yashem memorial to the Holocaust. This will be followed by a visit to the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites.
He will also be meeting President Mahmud Abbas of the Palestinian territories in Bethlehem on the West Bank where he will convey his administration's eagerness to facilitate an agreement that ends the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Trump during his presidential campaign had vowed to destroy radical Islamic terrorism and impose a total ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States.
His election had raised concern that it would only deepen the distrust between America and the Muslim world.
In fact after assuming office on 20 January 2017, Trump had signed executive orders banning Muslim immigrants and travelers from certain Muslim nations from entering America. The order was dismissed by the US courts.