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Overwhelming majority of victims of terrorist attacks are Arabs, Muslims: Trump at Riyadh summit

Sunday May 21, 2017 8:58 PM, & Agencies

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Stating that a terrorist murdering an innocent person and falsely invoking the name of God is an insult to every person of faith, US President Donald Trump while addressing the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh Sunday said 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.

"But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children", Trump said.

Earlier in the morning Sunday, Trump sat down with Gulf leaders and officials at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh after US-GCC Summit kicked off.

Minutes before the commencement of the meeting, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding on countering the financing of terrorism with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Gulf leaders and officials from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait are meeting with Trump to discuss threats to regional security and stability, Iranian influence in the region and Yemen. They will also discuss the building of stronger commercial ties between the US and the Gulf.

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