Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the upcoming summit in Riyadh will strengthen the partnership between the two nations, the GCC and the Islamic World. At a press conference in Riyadh on May 18, the Foreign Minister called President Trump’s upcoming visit a historic moment in the longstanding U.S.-Saudi partnership.  

On the security front, the Foreign Minister commended President Trump for prioritizing and taking a strong stance on the fight against terror. Minister Al-Jubeir said a counter-extremism center will be launched in Riyadh to combat terrorism by promoting peace through understanding and tolerance. He said he hoped to see a stronger alliance emerge between the East and the West.

The Foreign Minister praised President Trump’s firm stance toward Iran. President Trump, Minister Al-Jubeir said, “is very cognizant of the dangers presented by the policies that Iran is pursuing, and we believe that the Trump administration is committed to working with its allies in the region in order to contain Iran.” 

With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Minister Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia and Arab nations remain committed to finding a creative solution that will allow Israelis and Palestinians to live peacefully side-by-side, but international support and “courage” were lacking in the overall effort. He said the Kingdom hopes to work with President Trump to move the peace process forward.

President Trump will stop first in Saudi Arabia on his inaugural overseas trip.