Saudi media: Muslim leaders invited to Arab-Islamic-American Summit

May 19, 2017 08:43

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Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks at a news conference at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, Friday, July 15, 2016, after the U.S released once-top secret pages from a congressional report into 9/11 that questioned whether Saudis who were in contact with the hijackers after they arrived in the U.S. knew what they were planning. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Saudi King Salman has invited leaders from several Arab and Muslim countries to participate in a joint US-Arab Islamic summit, scheduled to take place when US President Donald Trump visits Riyadh this month.

Saudi media outlets, citing Adel Jubeir, Saudi Foreign Minister, report that the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, which will be attended by 37 leaders, will focus on combating terrorism, bolstering trade, investment, youth and technology.

Jubeir also said this summit with US is going to “open a new page” in terms of dialogue with the Muslim world.

He also said that Saudi Arabia wants to send a message to the West that the Muslim world is “not an enemy,” adding the Riyadh comes second after the United States in the fight against ISIS.

The foreign minister said both US and Saudi agree on eliminating terror groups such as ISIS.

He also said: “We will also look at terror financing initiative, increasing cooperation between Islamic Military Alliance and the [US-led] coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.”

Saudi Arabia, a longtime US ally, caries a major influence in the Muslim world, especially after it formed the 34-member Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) against terrorism and extremism.

The minister said there were already several thousand people, who have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for “either recruiting or participating in attacks for ISIS.”

At end of the summit, leaders are going to launch global counter-extremism center in Riyadh, which will fight an “ideological battle”, he added.

May 19, 2017 08:43

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