PM departs for Riyadh today to attend US-Arab Islamic Summit

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

On the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia from today (Sunday) to participate in the first trilateral US-Arab-Islamic Summit to be held in Riyadh.
In addition to King Salman and US President Donald J Trump, fifty-five heads of state and government from the Muslim world have been invited to participate in the summit.
The Summit in Riyadh will provide an opportunity for the participating countries to discuss ways and means to overcome the menace of terrorism and extremism across the world. The Summit is expected to delink terrorism from any particular religion, culture, civilization or region.
In his address at the Summit, the Prime Minister will focus on Islam’s message of peace, tolerance and unity. He will highlight the great sacrifices and major successes achieved by Pakistan in defeating the scourage of terrorism and extremism in the region.
The Prime Minister will also join the world leaders to attend the inauguration ceremony of the World Centre against Extremism, an important counter radicalization initiative by Saudi Arabia.
The official website set up by the Saudi government in connection with President Trump’s trip, while explaining the objective of the summit, states: “US President Donald Trump and leaders of the world’s Islamic nations will meet to address ways of building more robust and effective security partnerships to counter and prevent the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism around the globe through promoting tolerance and moderation.”
The Arab-Islamic-American summit is one of the three Riyadh has planned for President Trump’s visit. The other two summits being held on this occasion are the Saudi-US Summit, and Gulf Cooperation Council-US Summit. The purpose of the entire exercise, apparently, is to reassert the Kingdom’s position as the main political and security force in the region.

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