Washington: US President Donald Trump has said his first trip overseas to “lands associated with three of the world’s great religions” is aimed at uniting the civilized world in a fight against terrorism.
Trump, who embarked on a nine-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, Belgium and Italy, said in his weekly web and radio address to the nation that he would represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly.
“I will be visiting with the leaders in many different countries to strengthen our old friendships, build new partnerships, and unite the civilized world in a fight against terrorism.”
“In that spirit of unity, I will travel to lands associated with three of the world’s great religions, Trump said.
The address was recorded prior to his departure and released after he left for Riyadh aboard Air Force One from the Joint Andrews Airforce Base yesterday.
“My first stop will be Saudi Arabia the heart of the Muslim world. There, I will address a historic gathering of the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations,” he said.
Many world leaders, he said, had expressed growing concern about terrorism, the spread of radicalization, and Iran’s role in funding both.
Now it appears Muslim leaders are ready to take more responsibility and a much bigger role in fighting terrorism in their region. It s about time we do it, we ll do it together, but it has to be done, he said.
“America cannot solve all of the world’s problems, but we can and we must help any nation willing to join in the common cause of eradicating terrorism from the face of the earth,” Trump said. PTI