Saudi to sign trade, political deals with U.S. during Trump's visit: FM

RIYADH, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia confirmed on Thursday that it will sign commercial and political deals with the United Statesduring U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Riyadh next week, Al Arabiya local news reported.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir told a press conference that Arab-Islamic-American Summit, which will be attended by 37 leaders, will focus on combating terrorism, bolstering trade, investment, youth and technology.

Jubeir also said this summit with U.S. is going to "open a new page" in terms of western countries' dialogue with Muslim countries.

He also said that Saudi Arabia wants to send a message to the West that the Muslim countries are "not enemies," adding that the Riyadh comes second after the United States in the fight against IS militant group.

At end of the summit, leaders are going to launch global counter-extremism center in Riyadh, which will fight an "ideological battle," he added.

"We will work with our allies, particularly U.S., to see that Iranis made to act like a normal country," Jubeir said. "As long as Iran threatens with terrorism, it is impossible to have normal relations with them."

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