The President of United States of America, Donald Trump called for an international isolation of Iran during his speech at the Arab Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh on 21 May 2017.
Trump stated that Iran was fuelling sectarian conflict and terror by funding, training and arming terrorists and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region.
He further continued by saying that until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate it and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve.
Main highlights from Trump's speech
• Trump condemned Iranian aggression in the region and said that the longest-suffering victims are the Iranian people.
• He said that the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.
• He also condemned Syria's Assad saying that he has committed unspeakable crimes with Iran's support.
• He also stated that 95 percent of the victims of terrorist attacks are Muslims themselves.
• He called upon all the Muslim nations to ensure that no terrorist finds sanctuary on their soil.
• He also sought a "coalition of nations" in the Middle East with the aim of "stamping out extremism.
• He also cast the fight against terrorism as a battle between good and evil and not a clash between the West and Islam.
Trump’s speech at Riyadh was the centre part of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, his first overseas visit as US President. The meeting saw in attendance over 50 Arab and Muslim leaders.
At the summit, the president pushed forward a message of friendship, hope and love and sought to chart a new course for America’s role in the Arab region, one that is aimed squarely at combating terrorism with less focus on promoting human rights and democratic reforms.
Trump’s maiden visit to the region is being viewed as a major reset to his approach towards the region, as he was previously termed as anti-Islamic especially after he signed an executive order within weeks of taking office to ban immigrants from seven major-Muslim countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen- from entering the United States.
Who: Donald Trump
Why: To combat terrorism
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