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Donald Trump flight from Saudi to Israel thought to be first ever

Donald Trump flight from Saudi to Israel thought to be first ever

Rouhani stressed that 'Trump saw an active presence of about 45 million Iranians going to the polls, ' but visited a country that does not know the meaning of the elections and its people never saw ballot box.

President Donald Trump poses for photos with King Salman and others at the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He noted that Iran's principal policy is respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states, stressing that regional security would materialize only through concerted efforts and direct dialogue to achieve a common understanding.

He said relations between the two countries will advance from a partnership to the "level of strengthening consultations, cooperation and coordination on all fronts".

President Donald Trump bids farewell before he and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One to depart for Israel from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 22.

White House aides have also tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting the visit as symbolic.

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But the North is claiming that the object was "a flock of birds flying in the sky" and denied sending anything south. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the ongoing testing "disappointing" and "disturbing".

Trump has also opted against an immediate move of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a longtime demand of Israel. However, The Financial Times reported that Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to deride the ties between USA and Saudi Arabia. He has taken a tougher line on settlements than Israeli officials had expected, urging restraint but though not calling for a full halt to construction.

Netanyahu called Trump "a true friend" to Israel and expressed optimism about the president's role in the Middle East peace process. Some Palestinians said they were disappointed by the omission. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal government announcement.

In his speech, the president also put the blame on Iran for the "instability" happening in the region.

That, he said, involved "standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians".

One point of contention: the fate of east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The demonstrations are meant to draw attention to a month-long hunger strike by hundreds of prisoners being held by Israel and to protest what many Palestinians say is unfair US support for Israel.

Meanwhile, in his speech in Riyadh over the weekend, Trump asked Muslims to fight against extremists.


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