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US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. MANDEL NGAN—AFP

Washington, Riyadh – The schedule of US President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia was uncovered on Tuesday with additional details about the 17th consultative meeting of leaders of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, Gulf-US Summit, and Arab-Islamic-US Summit to be hosted by the Kingdom next weekend.

US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster said during a press briefing at the White House in Washington Tuesday that his country “will participate in a signing ceremony of several agreements that will further solidify US-Saudi security and economic cooperation.”

Trump will make Saudi Arabia his initial stop this Saturday on his first official trip overseas, before visiting Israel and the Vatican.

After the arrival ceremony in Riyadh, the president will have coffee with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, attend a royal banquet, and hold bilateral meetings with the King, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, McMaster said.

He added that on Saturday evening, Trump and the first lady would join members of the Saudi royal family for an official dinner.

On Sunday, “Trump will hold bilateral meetings with GCC leaders, as well as broader meetings with Gulf state leaders. In the afternoon, he will meet and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries where he will deliver an inspiring, yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and on his hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world,” McMaster said.

According to McMaster, Trump’s “speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners”.

On Monday, King Salman welcomed the visits of Trump and the leaders of Arab and Islamic countries and asserted that the Saudi-US Summit’s talks, expected on May 20, “will contribute to strengthening and enhancing strategic relations between the two countries in various fields.

Early this month, Trump said he would start a “truly historic gathering in Saudi Arabia with leaders from all across the Muslim world.”

On Tuesday, Trump had a telephone call with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The President had also called his Egyptian counterpart President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to express his commitment to further “robust strategic relations” and partnership between the two countries.

The office of el-Sisi quoted Trump as saying in the call on Monday night that he looks forward to meeting el-Sisi during the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Saudi Arabia on May 21.