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Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups: Trump in Riyadh

Sunday May 21, 2017 11:55 PM, & Agencies

Trump Riyadh Summit 2017

Endorsing the concerns raised by Saudi King Salman about Iranian nexus with terror outfits, US President Donald Trump on Sunday while saying "Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups" urged more than 50 heads of Muslim states present in Riyadh to isolate Iran.

Trump called on all countries to work together to isolate Iran, accusing the republic of fueling “the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.”

“Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate it,” he said.

“Iran is responsible for so much instability in the region; it funds arms, trains militias that spread destruction and chaos", he added.

Donald Trump also said that majority of victims of terrorist attacks are Arabs and Muslims.

"The overwhelming majority of victims of terrorist attacks are the "innocent people of the Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations" Trump said while addressing the Riyadh summit attended by more than 50 leaders of the Arab and Muslim world.

Speaking at the Arab-Islamic American Summit in Riyadh Sunday, Trump said that "95 percent of the victims of terrorist attacks are themselves Muslims."

He said that terrorism must not only be measured by the number of dead, but the number of "vanished dreams."

Trump said the U.S. seeks a "coalition of nations" in the Middle East with the aim of "stamping out extremism."

"Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God", he said.

"We can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.

"Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.

"America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security", Trump said.

King Salman, who opened the Arab Islamic Americal summit in Riyadh in his inaugural speech before Trump, alleged that Iran’s ruling powers represented the “tip of the spear” of global terrorism.

“Our responsibility before God and our people and the whole world is to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism wherever they are ... The Iranian regime represents the tip of the spear of global terrorism.”

The king also said in a televised speech that Saudi Arabia would not be lenient in trying anyone who finances terrorism.

“We will never be lenient in trying anyone who finances terrorism, in any way or means, to the full force of the law", he said.

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