Trump urges Muslim fightback on terror

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

"Of course, there is still much work to be done. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.

"It is about finding the balance", she told the women, who took pictures of her with their smartphones.

In 2012, Donald Trump blasted President Obama for appearing to bow - tweeting "Do we still want a president who bows to the Saudis?"

As a candidate, Trump proposed temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States. His attention was on the leaders of the Muslim world not their people.

The speech in a gilded hall bedecked with chandeliers is part of an effort to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One, said the U.S. could provide clarifications to Israel about the disclosure but said, "I don't know that there's anything to apologize for".

Saudi Arabia also may play an important role in the Trump administration's strategy for reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, he added.

The president must also address some of the root causes of extremism, including Israel's military occupation and the suppression of pro-democracy activists in Egypt, which help fuel desperation and terrorism in the region, he said.

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Earlier in the day, Ivanka Trump met with a group of elite Saudi women at Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh, where she largely avoided sharp criticism of the country's treatment of women.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Trump's speech for attacking Tehran and said that the US President should spend his time in Riyadh discussing how to avoid Saudi Arabians "carrying out another" 9/11 attack in the US instead of making baseless terrorism associated claims against other countries.

Ivanka Trump has been accused of nepotism and ignoring the plight of women in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates jointly pledged $134m (AUD) to her pet female empowerment project following high level diplomatic meetings. "The Iranian regime represents the tip of the spear of global terrorism", the king said.

Iran is a Shi'ite Muslim country.

"Terrorism is sponsored through groups like Hizbollah, by Iran, but there are also Sunni Islamic terrorist groups that the Iranians are fighting, not least Islamic State in Syria".

"But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three - safe harbour, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment".

The closest Trump came to acknowledging the human rights situation was a call for the region's leaders to stand together against "the oppression of women".

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