"I think you'll see a return to a more traditional United States approach towards the Middle East in contrast to the Obama approach", said Nile Gardiner, a center director at the conservative Heritage Foundation, which advises the American government on important issues in foreign and domestic policy. "We have a lot of great things going on so I hate to see anything that divides". The White House hasn't released any comprehensive FLOTUS' itinerary, citing security concerns.
"He strongly believes that it is the strength of the faith of people in these religions that will stand up and ultimately be victorious over these forces of terrorism", Tillerson said. But he was greatly admired in most of Europe, polls showed, and worked closely with Pope Francis to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Whether or not this is true, there is no doubt that McMaster's choice of words in the press briefing was reminiscent of Obama's White House briefs, calling on Muslim world leaders to "promote a peaceful vision of Islam" against a "perverted interpretation of religion" that "has inflicted so much suffering throughout the Muslim world and beyond".
The president will stop first in Saudi Arabia, where he will meet with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations. They will feast with Trump at a banquet and "forge a new partnership" in the war against extremism, the king said this week. Sudan's president, who has been shunned by the United States for the past decade, is among those invited. "And we expect that we will have six prime ministers and this is an unprecedented level of participation".
Trump is expected to be welcomed warmly by leaders in Riyadh and Jerusalem, but lingering questions over his views on the Iran nuclear deal, commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation security and skepticism of the Paris climate agreement could generate tension at meetings with European counterparts in Brussels and Sicily.
"He is invited definitely because it is an Arab and Muslim country", Nugali said.
Times Square vehicle crash driver, a US Navy veteran who "heard voices"
Rojas told the officers he beat the cab driver because the driver said he owed him $162 and disrespected him. Four of them are in critical condition, three are in serious condition - and all are expected to survive.
Trump will also meet newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron.
Saudi Arabia is not a signatory to the Rome Statute under which the ICC was founded, while Sudan and the United States have not ratified the statute of the Hague-based court. In the region, Saudi Arabia owns the keys to stability.
President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner personally intervened in a $100-billion-plus arms deal with Saudi Arabia - making a call to press for a price cut on a radar system created to shoot down ballistic missiles, The New York Times reported.
United States officials had warned that acting now could end the President's hopes of reigniting the Middle East peace process. Instead the only comment came in the form of a brief written denial. USA allies have been rattled by his warnings about pulling back from the world.
The Obama and Trump administrations never announced a plan on what would happen in Iraq and Syria after IS is defeated. Prince Mohammed has ruled out any dialogue with Iran, framing the tensions in sectarian terms and accusing Iran of trying to "control the Islamic world". He described Trump's past criticisms of Saudi Arabia and his talk of a Muslim ban as electoral propaganda that has "nothing to do with his effective political programs".
No info from Pakistan on Kulbhushan Jadhav's condition
Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah even accused the government of not fulfilling its duties pertaining to Kulbhushan Jadhav case. This means Jadhav can challenge till the end of Saturday his death sentence in an appellate court.
On January 29, Trump phone called King Salman and they both discussed underpinning economic ties, supporting mutual efforts to fight terrorism and defying Iran. And they see a role for USA investment in efforts to shift the Saudi economy from its dependence on oil.
Jubeir said Trump has been "very clear about the need to push back against Iran". The other basks in the adulation of a West looking for American leadership, an Israel working to make peace with Palestinians, and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that he is eager to cooperate with.
"We are all in this together", he said.
Earlier this month, an administration official portrayed the decision to first visit Saudi Arabia - home to two of Islam's holiest sites, Mecca and Medina - as symbolic.
Behind the hate for McMaster, however, lies a power struggle to shape the Trump administration's Middle East policy.
Oil prices climb on hopes output cuts will be extended
But the US crude drawdown was smaller than expected and the oil market remained extremely well supplied, analysts said. Both crude oil benchmarks rose on Wednesday after news of a drawdown in US crude inventories and a dip in USA output.