The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totalling more than US$100 billion (S$140 billion), a senior White House official has said, a week ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit to Riyadh.
President Trump is expected to announce the deal during his visit to Saudi Arabia next week - his first overseas trip since becoming President.
And since Trump will be in Riyadh on May 22, when he will hold a meeting with King Salman, to be followed by a meeting with the heads of state of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the USA president will grasp the opportunity to take care of other business, such as signing some lucrative arms deals that can keep American arms factories, and thus American jobs, going.
The next day, the president will hold bilateral meetings with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders, as well as broader meetings with Gulf state leaders.
Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. The choice of Saudi Arabia might not even be Trump's, but rather that of his actual top global ally, Israel.
Rights groups and other critics say that coalition air strikes appear to have caused numerous estimated 10,000 deaths in the war, half of them civilians, and that starvation and disease loom in the hardest hit areas.
Candidate Trump promised to rip up that deal if elected, which has not yet happened, but officials in both Israel and Saudi Arabia see a new direction.
Ali Shihabi, a pro-Saudi commentator, sees this visit as a solid United States commitment to defending the Gulf monarchies from Iran, ISIS and Al Qaeda, which in his view are making a determined effort to bring down the monarchies that "constitute the front line in the battle against terrorism". Iran, for its part, has criticized Saudi Arabia for "bad behavior" but said it is not looking to increase tensions with the kingdom.
The spokesman further warned the Muslim states invited to the Riyadh summit against the moves that could create rift within the Islamic world, urging vigilance in the face of Zionist plots for driving a wedge among Islamic countries. Many countries do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
"Throughout the summit, he will meet bilaterally with leaders, including the Italian prime minister". For pursuing its plans and dominating middle east and South Asia, US put a comprehensive plan on its agenda and in this route it gets help by European Union as its major ally.
Trump, in turn, called the Pope's questioning of his faith "disgraceful".