Trump to embark on maiden visit to Vatican, Israel, Saudi Arabia

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York [U.S.A.], May 4 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump will kick of his maiden foreign visit to Vatican, Israel and Saudi Arabia in addition to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) meeting in Brussels on May 25 and G7 meeting in Italy. "Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam, and it is there that we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence, and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries," CNN quoted Trump, as saying. "Our task is not to dictate to others how to live, but to build a coalition of friends and partners, who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity and stability to the Middle East," he added. It is being reported that Trump's visit is a part of the strategy to reach out across religions and countries to combat extremism - both to fight the ISIS and to further isolate Iran. He will also visit Jerusalem, Israel, Riyadh and Saudi Arabia, a senior administration official was quoted by CNN, as saying. Trump's top advisors insisted that the President was focused on making deals with foreign leaders in a bid to create a more secure planet, despite the lack of foreign travel. (ANI)