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FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri talks during a conference in Beirut, Lebanon January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Jeddah – The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has sent an official invitation to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, inviting him to attend the Arab-Islamic-American Summit to be held in Riyadh on May 21.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also received a similar invitation.

According to a statement by Hariri’s press office, acting Charge d’affaires of the Saudi embassy in Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari, handed him the invitation during a meeting at the Grand Serail in Beirut.

“The aim of the summit is to work towards an establishment of a new partnership to confront extremism and terrorism, and reinforce the values of tolerance and coexistence for the future of our generations in the Arab region,” said Bukhari, following the meeting.

King Salman’s invitation to Razak was delivered by Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awadh al-Awadh during a meeting he held with the Malaysian PM in his office in Putrajaya city.

Awadh relayed to Razak the King, crown prince and deputy crown prince’s eagerness to develop Saudi-Malaysian ties in various fields and in a manner that serves the joint interests of their people.

For his part, the Malaysian prime minister relayed the same sentiment to the Saudi officials, thanking them for the invitation to attend the Arab-Islamic-American summit.

He said that that the meeting will project the true image of Islam and its teaching and bolster international security and peace.

King Abdullah II of Jordan, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou are among the leaders invited by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to the summit with United States President Donald Trump.

In addition, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and the leaders of Turkey, Pakistan, Iraq and Tunisia have also received invitations.

Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam’s holiest sites, will be Trump’s first foreign stop as president.