U.S. President Donald Trump (middle) during meeting with GCC leaders - Courtesy of Riyadh summit Twitter account
CAIRO - 21 May 2017: Around 55 leaders and representatives from across the Islamic world arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday, to attend Riyadh summit 2017, in the presence of American President Donald Trump.
A two-day international summit is ongoing in Riyadh under the slogan “Together We Prevail.” It aims to “renew mutual commitment to global security and further strengthened already deep business, cultural and political ties,” according to the Riyadh summit’s official website.
Three summits are taking place on Saturday and Sunday, including the US-GCC summit and the Arab Islamic American summit.
Here is Egypt Today Live Update:
18:00- King Salman announces the conclusion of the Riyadh Summit
17:56 – King Salman: We will back Egypt’s counter-terrorism efforts
17: 40 - Sisi: I have no doubt that the U.S. is capable of creating a much needed international momentum for the comprehensive strategy that I outlined today.
17:35 - Sisi: A terrorist is not only the one who carries arms, but also the one who trains, funds, arms and offers a political and ideological cover.
17:30 - President Sisi: Combating terrorism is a comprehensive approach, which goes beyond the military perspective, and must include a political and developmental approach, Sisi said.
He asserted that Egypt is in a daily fight against terrorist organizations in Sinai, which is a part of a global war against terrorism.
Sisi: it is not feasible to limit the confrontation in one operation theater without the other. The success to eradicate the threat of terrorism requires a confrontation with all terrorist organizations in a comprehensive and simultaneous way on all fronts.
17:26 - President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi started by conveying the greetings of Egypt and its people to the attendees.
He asserted that the summit reflects an eagerness to renovate the partnership between the Islamic world and America, and eliminate the illusions of a conflict of civilizations.
“Those who talk about a conflict of civilization cannot understand the real meaning of culture diversity.”
17:06 - Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, "Terrorist organizations are outside Islam and they do not represent Islam or the Arabs."
Abdullah emphasized the need to resolve the Palestinian issue in correspondence to the Arab initiative. "Protecting Jerusalem must be a priority."
16:55 - Trump says an agreement to stop financing terrorism to be signed. He praised the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for its effort to stop financing the terrorists.
16:45 - Trump says Iran is responsible for disability in Lebanon, Iran, and Yemen. The region should isolate Iran and fight terrorism.
He thanked King Salman for his historic efforts in the world and the region. The biggest question all people ask is that that Will people be able to fight terrorism and protect thier nations?
16: 38 - Trump says that attending people will write a new history via establishing a center in Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism.
European, African countries, Russia, Australia suffered from terrorism and the Islamic states suffered its repercussions. 95 percent of tyerrorism victims are from the Islamic world.
16:35 - Speaking at the Arab Islamic Summit, U.S. President Donald Trump stated that America has a vision for the peace, security and prosperity of the Middle East.
Trump stated that the summit constitutes a new chapter that will realize permanent benefits for all citizens.
Addressing the world leaders and delegates present at the summit, Trump said, " We are ready to stand with you to seek common interests and security."
"We are not here to tell you what to do or how to worship," he added.
U.S. President also stated that the Iranian regime is responsible for a lot of the instability
in the region, adding that bloodshed and terrorism stand in the way of realizing the potential of the region.
16:15 - Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz started his speech at the Arab Islamic Summit by welcoming American President Donald Trump to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the “historic unprecedented summit taking place at a time of unprecedented turmoil.” He emphasized that the U.S. is an important partner in fighting terrorism.
“We are gathered here to take vigorous steps … we stand together against the forces of evil; and this is what Islam ordered us to do.”
Saudi king referred to the Iranian Revolution as the spearhead of terrorism. “The Iranian regime is spreading sectarianism, in collaboration with other allied groups.”
Affirming that Islam is a religion of compassion and peace, the Saudi King emphasized the efforts to combat terrorism. He referred to a “historic agreement with America,” made earlier Sunday, to establish the “international institute to confront radical thoughts.”
“We affirm our determination to eliminate Daesh and other terrorist organizations,” the Saudi King said.
The Saudi king also referred to the Palestinian cause, stating that it constitutes a “fair and essential” demand.
16:00 - Leaders of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit pose for a picture ahead of the opening session.
1:45 - Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz receives world leaders participating in the Arab-American summit.
12:20 - Saudi Arabia and the U.S. plan to form a Strategic Joint Consultative Group, which will convene annually to chart the course of the strategic partnership between the two nations, according to a press release published on the summit’s official website.
12:05 - Saudi King, on Twitter, “I welcome brothers and friends at the Arab Islamic American Summit, which will have positive impacts on the region and the world, and will document our alliance against extremism and terrorism.”
11:00 - Trump and GCC leaders start U.S. – GCC Summit in Saudi Arabia.
10:40 - A Memorandum of Understanding to monitor terrorism funding resources was signed at the onset of the US-GCC summit.
10:30 - Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) arrived at the King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center in Riyadh to attend US-GCC summit.
9:10 - American President Donald Trump held bilateral meetings with world leaders, including President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, where the U.S. president revealed he would be visiting Egypt soon.