U.S President Donald Trump on Sunday addressed leaders from across the Muslim world at the Arab Islamic American Summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh where he explained America’s policies on issues currently facing the world but with the main focus on joint cooperation in the international sphere to combat terrorism and extremism.
Trump pledged to improve partnerships between the United States and its allies in the Middle East and other regions in order to wipe out terrorism. However he called on Muslim countries to “drive out” extremists and terrorists from their communities and places of worship.
In his speech Trump highlighted the U.S’s partnership with Arab countries and said that these countries are making significant contributions to regional security and in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
“Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS (Daesh) in Syria and Iraq. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland,” said Trump.
On the Taliban insurgency, Trump said that the courageous Afghan security forces are continuing their battle against the Taliban insurgency.
“Our courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban and others in the fight for their country,” he said.
Trump called on the Islamic countries, particularly the religious leaders, to raise their voices against terrorists and extremists.
“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and Drive them out of this earth,” Trump said.
But, political commentators in Afghanistan say that Pakistan was not slated for its cooperation with the militant group at the summit.
“While Pakistan remains a safe haven for terrorists, but Pakistan’s effective lobbying and its influence in Saudi Arabia apparently did not provide the chance for anyone to criticize it,” said political activist Ajmal Balochzada.
This new development takes place at a time that the U.S is set announce its new strategy for Afghanistan. The new strategy apparently includes the deployment of an additional 5,000 foreign forces to Afghanistan to help conventional forces in their campaign against terrorism.