Trump says Israel, Arab nations share 'common cause' against Iran 'threat'

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24 May, 2017

Trump also ignored the landslide victory of moderate Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian presidential election on Friday.

Mr Trump is urging the USA and Israel to boost cooperation against common threats, and declared that Iran should never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

"In his address at the Arab-Islamic-US summit, the US president said: We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship".

Trump's choice of Saudi Arabia, Iran's bitter regional rival, for his first official foreign visit reflects the deep antagonism of his administration towards the Islamic republic. -Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific", attempting to dismiss concerns that the incident violated the confidentiality of an agreement with Israel.

"I believe that a new level of partnership is possible and will happen", Trump said, referring to ties between the US, Israel and the Arab world.

Mr Trump also thanked Israel's leaders for being committed to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the US and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran. He then took to Twitter with a sharp rebuke of Mr. Trump's choice of allies in the region, and a literal highlighting of the USA leader's own focus on "investment".

"You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower", he said in a jibe at the billion-dollar deals signed between Trump and the Saudi government.

"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people", Trump said upon arrival in Tel Aviv.

"I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas", he said.

President Trump was reportedly tuckered out when uttered the phrase "Islamic extremism" instead of "Islamist extremism" during Sunday's surprisingly tempered speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia.

"He's just an exhausted guy", a senior White House official told reporters on background, per The Hill.

He touched it in prayer and, adhering to tradition, placed a note in a deep crevice.

"We had an awesome two days and their feeling towards Israel is really very positive", he said of his trip to Riyadh.

"The people of Israel applaud you for it", he said, to applause from the crowd.

Shiite Iran regularly points to the Saudis' fundamentalist Wahhabi creed and their efforts to spread it around the Muslim world as the root cause of violent Sunni jihadism.


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