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Coming soon, a new Trump version: A friend of Saudi Arabia

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Coming soon, a new Trump version: A friend of Saudi Arabia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Reports said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allocated $ 68 million for preparations to host Trump.

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US President Donald Trump, who is known for his controversial statements on a plethora  of issues including Saudi Arabia’s role in spreading radical Islam, will be shortly seen in a new avatar when he visits Riyadh on May 20 and 21. It would the first stop of his maiden foreign trip where he will meet most Arab monarchs and other heads of Muslim states.

According to Washington Post, President Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican (Italy) and attend the NATO summit in Belgium.

A senior Trump administration official, while describing the visit, was quoted saying that the US President chose Saudi Arabia as his first stop to show his commitment to improving US relations with the Muslim world.  He will meet King Salman and other leaders where they are expected to discuss efforts to defeat terrorism and discredit radical ideologies.

At the White House Rose Garden on May 4, President Trump said his foreign trip would “begin with a truly historic gathering in Saudi Arabia with leaders all across the Muslim world”.  He was generous enough saying, “Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam and it is there that we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries.”

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir told reporters in Washington that Trump’s visit would send a clear message that the US harbours no ill-will towards Muslim countries, which he said was a “misconception” spread by Iran and extremists like the Islamic State (IS). He said, “This historic summit is going to change the narrative in the Islamic world and the world.’

Trump’s change of heart towards Saudi Arabia was revealed for the first time after becoming President, when he rolled out the red carpet for Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his accompanying high-level delegation on March 14 this year.

The Saudi government had hailed it as a “historic turning point” in US-Saudi relations after eight contentious years with the Obama administration. The royal statement said that the prince considers Trump “a true friend of Muslims” and that the meeting marked a “significant shift in relations” across all fields.

Meanwhile, a White House statement said Trump and Salman had directed their teams to find ways “to further strengthen and elevate the United States-Saudi strategic relationship”.

During his campaign, Trump said, “They (Saudi Arabia) are loaded with money to the gills. The US protects them. We get practically nothing. Do you know why? Because our leaders don’t have business instinct!”

He further said, “Here’s what’s going to happen. We’ll say to Saudi Arabia, ‘Fellas, you’ve got to help us out.’ They’ll say, ‘No.’ We’ll say, ‘Bye, bye.’ About two days later, they’ll call and say ‘Get back here fast, somebody’s going to make a raid.’ We’ll go back. They’ll pay us so much money. And you know what? That’s fine.”

King Salman is said to have invited the heads of the Gulf Cooperation Council members:  Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman along with several other Muslim states.

The other invitees to the Arab-American Summit include King Abdullah II of Jordan, Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Yemen’s virtually ousted President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan.

The leaders of Egypt, Syria and Iran are missing from the list. In January, immediately after his inauguration, President Trump imposed ban on travellers from seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

According to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir, separate meetings will also take place between monarchs of GCC countries and Trump, as well as bilateral talks between Saudi and US leaders.

Reports said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allocated nearly $ 68 million to the preparations for hosting Trump.

During the US presidential campaign, New York Daily News had reported that Trump made millions of dollars from his deals with Saudi Arabia, which included leasing an apartment to former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s half brother Shafiq. The Saudis paid $ 4.5 million in June 2001 and bought the 45th floor of the real estate mogul’s Trump World Tower in Manhattan. Shafiq met then US President George Bush on September 11, 2001, which was cut short due to the 9/11 attack.

Meanwhile, Gulf News, the largest circulated English daily in the GCC countries, observed that the Arab world has a historic opportunity to use the new American President Donald Trump’s first trip to make some cogent points on many important issues that challenge the region. It is an extraordinary compliment that Saudi Arabia will host Trump’s first state visit, wisely timed to the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, the editorial, published on May 10, said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Nawaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto’s parties strike deal on Pakistan coalition Govt, Shehbaz Sharif to be PM

The PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari, 68, is set to assume the role of the President of Pakistan again.

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Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have agreed on a power-sharing deal to form a new coalition government after days of intense negotiations, as per the senior party leaders.

On Tuesday night, in a joint conference, the PPP Chairman Bhutto announced that PML-N president, 72-year-old Shehbaz Sharif will be the Prime Minister of Pakistan once again and the PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari, 68, is set to assume the role of the President of Pakistan again.

Speaking to reports, Bhutto said the PPP and PML-N have achieved the required number, and now they were in a position to form the government.

He said the former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party-backed candidates and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) could not achieve a simple majority in Parliament to form government in the Centre.

Bilawal hoped that the political alliance with PML-N to form a coalition government would result in a positive market response since the cash-strapped country faced a hung Parliament after the February 8 elections.

Independent candidates, who were supported by the 71-year-old Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, managed to secure 93 seats in the National Assembly.

Shehbaz Sharif, in his speech, expressed confidence that his PML-N party, along with the PPP, now has the necessary numbers to form the next government. He also thanked the leadership of both parties for successfully concluding the talks.

According to the reports, the former prime minister highlighted the unity between the two political parties and their strong position to form the government at the Centre.

The PML-N secured 75 seats in the election, while the PPP came in third with 54 seats. Additionally, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) has agreed to support the two parties with their 17 seats.

To form a government, a party must win 133 out of 265 contested seats in the 266-member National Assembly or the lower house of Parliament.

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Poland Minister Wladyslaw T Bartoszewski says India is a superpower, should play role in World affairs

The Polish Minister said it is time to take the relations between the the two countries to a higher level. He said India has developed into a phenomenal country and is the 5th largest economy in the world. The minister said the Polish economy has also developed and both the countries have much more to offer each other.

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Secretary of state at the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Poland Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski on Monday said that India should play a bigger role in global politics. He said India is a superpower now and hence India should play a role that fits superpower at the global scale. He said the relations between Poland and India have been extremely good. He said they have not had any problems.

The Polish Minister said it is time to take the relations between the the two countries to a higher level. He said India has developed into a phenomenal country and is the 5th largest economy in the world. The minister said the Polish economy has also developed and both the countries have much more to offer each other.

He said the Polish government wants India to play a more active role in World Politics. He said India is the largest democracy in the world and shares values with Poland as to how the world should be organised. The Polish Minister said he is looking to partner with India. He said Poland is looking at potentially creating the India-Central Eastern European Forum to discuss amongst a few countries.

He said there are a lot of topics and Poland wants to partner with India to play its role in the world affairs. Bartoszewski highlighted the remarkable economic growth India has made under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said Warsaw would like to work in closer co-operation with New Delhi. India and Poland share strong bilateral ties.

After the Ukraine war began, Poland helped in India’s Operation Ganga by aiding in the evacuation of Indian students from the war struck country in 2022.The Polish minister commented on the Russia-Ukraine war which has been going on since the last two years. He said the war will end if immediately if Russian President Vladimir Putin withdraws his forces from neighbouring Ukraine.

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71st Miss World contestants visit Raj Ghat and pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

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Miss World contestants, accompanied by Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss world Organisation, visited the Raj Ghat, also known as the Gandhi memorial, on Monday, where they paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi. The 71st Miss World participants also visited the Gandhi Museum.

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organisation said in a statement that her love of India is no secret and having the 71st Miss World Festival in this country means a lot to her. She thanked Jamil Saidi for his herculean efforts to make the return of the event to India a reality. She said the Miss World Organization has assembled the best team for the 71st edition.

The 71st Miss World will end with a dazzling grand finale at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. India last hosted the international pageant in 1996. Manushi Chhillar was the most recent Indian to win the pageant, having bagged the crown in 2017. Previously, Reita Faria Powell, Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas have also won the competition.

India is currently hosting Miss World 2024 in Delhi and Mumbai after 28 years. The competition will begin on  Februray 18, with the grand finale scheduled  on March 9, the 71st Miss World Pageant will feature 120 contestants from 120 countries and territories, which includes India and will feature various competitions and charitable initiatives. The 21-day fashion and beauty event will feature a variety of events that will empower young women as change agents and future leaders.  

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