Trump urges Muslim leaders to "stamp out" extremism

He was speaking at an address to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia earlier today

Trump urges Muslim leaders to "stamp out" extremism

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit | Image: PA images

President Donald Trump called for unity with allies in the Middle East and urged them to confront "Islamist extremism", in Riyadh on Sunday. 

During the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump pressed the need to confront radical ideology and promote a peaceful vision of Islam to the world. 

During his address to Muslim leaders he said "This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.

"This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.

"America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens."

"We are not here to lecture, we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship.

"Instead, we are here to offer partnership, based on shared interests and values, to pursue a better future for us all."

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit | Image: PA images

Combating extremism

Trump urged leaders to combat the threat of terrorism, saying that America is seeking a "coalition of nations" in the Middle East with the aim of "stamping out extremism".

He also spoke about an agreement which the Gulf Cooperation Council nations signed with the US to set up a centre in Riyadh to target the issue of financing of terrorism. 

Trump said "Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death. If we do not stand in unformed condemnation not only will we be judged by history, we will be judged by God".

Yesterday, The US agreed the “largest single arms deal in American history” with Saudi Arabia. 

A White House official said "This package of defence equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats."

Mr Trump's trip continues next week when he visits Israel, the Palestinian Territories, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.