Trump calls for coalition to combat terror

May 23, 2017 INTERNATIONAL 239 Views

US President Donald Trump said here on Sunday that the US seeks a “coalition of nations” in the Middle East with the aim of “stamping out extremism.”
In his address to the Arab Islamic American Summit, Trump pledged to “strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to seek new partners in pursuit of peace.”
In his first major foreign policy address as president, he said that the fight against terrorism “is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between those who seek to obliterate human life and those who seek to protect it.”
He said that, “terrorists don’t worship God. They worship death.”
He said the US is prepared to stand with Muslim leaders in the fight against extremists, but that those countries must take the lead.
He urged them to drive extremists “out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your community. Drive them out of your holy land.”
He promised “that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit cooperation and trust.”
Trump’s address Sunday was the centerpiece of his two-day visit to saudi Arabia, his first stop overseas as president.
During a meeting of more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders, he sought to chart a new course for America’s role in the region, one aimed squarely on rooting out terrorism.
“We are not here to lecture. We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” Trump said.
“Instead, we are here to offer partnership — based on shared interests and values — to pursue a better future for us all.”
Trump was full of praise for the history and culture of the Muslim world. He declared Islam “one of the world’s great faiths.”
He said that the overwhelming majority of victims of terrorist attacks are the “innocent people of the Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations.”
Trump said that “95 percent of the victims of terrorist attacks are themselves Muslims.”
He said that terrorism must not only be measured by the number of dead, but the number of “vanished dreams.”

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