Islamabad (May 21, 2017): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia today to attend Islamic summit and likely to meet with US president Donald Trump and raise issue of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The meeting is likely to take place on the fringes of the US-Arab-Islamic World summit on May 20, 21 that will be hosted by Saudi Arabia while the initiative was made by the US president. Nawaz Sharif is in the focus of world powers as Afghanistan will be the subject that the US President would like to take up with him on priority basis.
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Nawaz would be first South Asian leader who will have face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. He was the first Muslim leader, who was invited for the summit by Saudi Arabia that was immediately accepted by him.
Saudi Arabia has decided not to invite Iran and Syria for the summit while all other 55 Muslim countries have been invited for the historic summit of which formal agenda has yet to be declared by the host. Saudi officials have revealed the planned agenda of US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit will include him giving a speech on Islam to Muslim leaders, a business forum and a “tweet-up” meeting with Malala Yousafazai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz has also invited Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Turkish Prime Minister King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, inviting them to attend Arab, Islamic and United States summit hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday.
Trump has frequently been accused of fuelling Islamophobia but aides described his decision to visit Saudi Arabia as an effort to reset relations with the Muslim world. Saudi Arabia will be Trump’s first foreign stop since becoming president in January.