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Trump Calls For Coalition to Stamp Out Extremism

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 10:47 AM

President Donald Trump says the U.S. seeks a "coalition of nations" in the Middle East with the aim of "stamping out extremism."

In his address to the Arab-Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Trump is vowing to "strengthen America's oldest friendships, and to seek new partners in pursuit of peace."

Trump promised "that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit cooperation and trust."

Trump painted the fight against extremists as "a battle between good and evil."

And, in his first major foreign policy address as president Trump said the fight against terrorism "is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.

This is a battle between those who seek to obliterate human life and those who seek to protect it."

Trump continued that, "terrorists don't worship God. They worship death."

Trump is speaking in front of an audience of leaders from Arab and Muslim-majority nations.

He says the U.S. is prepared to stand with those leaders in the fight against extremists, but that those countries must take the lead.

He urged them to drive extremists "out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your community. Drive them out of your holy land."

Trump also stated that Syrian President Bashar Assad has committed "unspeakable crimes" bolstered by Iran and called upon countries around the world to work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Trump denounced Iranian aggression in the region, and said that the "longest-suffering victims" are the Iranian people.

He says the Iranian people have "endured hardship and despair under their leaders' reckless pursuit of conflict and terror."

Trump added that every nation must shoulder the burden of rooting our terrorism from their countries.

"Every nation has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no quarter on their soil. Trump said terrorist groups "do nothing to inspire but kill" and all countries must work together to "honestly" confront "the crisis of Islamic extremists and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds."

Trump fell short of referencing "radical Islamic terrorism" — a term he uses frequently at home and has condemned President Barack Obama for failing to say.

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