Saudi Arabia counting down the seconds until Trump arrives

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received on Saturday an invitation from his Saudi counterpart King Salman Ben Abdul Aziz to attend the upcoming Arab Islamic American summit in Riyadh on 21 May, which will be attended by USA president Donald Trump, state news agency MENA reported Saturday.

Trump's first foreign trip as President - an expansive 11-day, five-country jaunt coming days after the Russian Federation story and a week after he fired his Federal Bureau of Investigation chief - will begin in Saudi Arabia.

Salman expressed hope the May 21 summit with Arab and Muslim leaders "will establish a new partnership in confronting extremism and terrorism", according to a statement he made during a weekly Cabinet meeting and published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Bilateral meeting are scheduled between Trump and Gulf Cooperation Council leaders, besides meetings with Gulf state leaders, he said.

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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told CNBC in March his government believed USA infrastructure, in particular, was an attractive investment.

Trump has used other words to say much the same.

Saudi Arabia wants USA support to defend Yemen and other countries where Iran is expanding into but there is bipartisan opposition in Congress for this. Iran, for its part, has criticized Saudi Arabia for "bad behavior" but said it is not looking to increase tensions with the kingdom.

Russian, US ideas on Syria de-escalation zones could be compatible
Several ceasefires have been agreed on since Syria's conflict broke out, but they have failed to stem the fighting. Tillerson and Lavrov's meeting in Alaska comes 150 years after Washington purchased the U.S. state from Moscow.

In it, the president will share his hopes for a "peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world", McMaster said.

Alternatively, Iranian military advisers from the country's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps have been training and fighting for the past two years alongside Shiite paramilitaries, known as Popular Mobilization Units, against the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Reuters reported last week that Washington was pushing through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others already in the pipeline, ahead of Trump's visit.

The package is being developed to coincide with Mr Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.

Also, while in Riyadh, President Trump will talk regional politics.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the president is carefully considering how relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem would impact the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

He also needs to reinvigorate alliances with Middle Eastern powers that had been neglected by Barack Obama. While at the Vatican, he will meet with the Pope, a senior administration official told Politico.

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