A po­ten­tial turn­ing point in Is­lamic-West re­la­tion­ship

New Straits Times - - News -

RIYADH: The land­mark meet­ing be­tween lead­ers of Mus­lim coun­tries, in­clud­ing Malaysia, with United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump which ended here on Sun­day, could be a turn­ing point in the Is­lamic re­la­tions with the US and West­ern world.

Trump, who as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date last year de­clared “I think Is­lam hates us”, has re­booted his rhetoric against the Mus­lims dur­ing the Arab Is­lamic Amer­i­can Sum­mit.

His ap­pear­ance in Saudi Ara­bia marked his first of­fi­cial for­eign visit since as­sum­ing of­fice in Jan­uary.

Now Trump the pres­i­dent, who once pro­posed a “to­tal and com­plete shut­down” of Mus­lims trav­el­ling to the US, said he was not in the Saudi cap­i­tal to lec­ture, or im­pose the Amer­i­can way of life.

In a key­note speech in front of host Saudi ruler King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al Saud and more than 50 lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives

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