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trump arrives in saudi arabia in first foreign trip | saudi arabia news

us president donald trump has arrived in saudi arabia on the first leg of his first foreign trip since taking office, in a crucial test abroad as political scandals mount at home. trump aims to strengthen ties in saudi arabia visitin a red-carpet airport welcome, saudi king salman bin abdulaziz al saud greeted trump, his wife melania and his entourage shortly after they landed in the capital, riyadh, around 06:50 gmt on saturday.trump will hold a series of meetings with the king and other arab and muslim leaders on saturday and sunday, before jetting off to israel, the occupied palestinian territories, the vatican, belgium and italy in a nine-day tour across the middle east and europe.during the two-day visit to the kingdom, trump is expected to sign a major weapons deal, give a speech on islam and discuss the battle against "terrorism" with more than 50 leaders.it is the first time a us president has chosen saudi arabia as the first stop on a maiden trip.trump's visit is seen as highly symbolic, as he looks to repair washington's ties with its closest arab ally.during the final years of barack obama's us presidency, "relations had undergone a period of difference of opinion", according to saudi officials. these differences were largely centred around the 2015 iran nuclear deal and the obama administration's cautions to the kingdom about the civilian toll of the war in yemen.  read more: what to expect from trump's middle east visit al jazeera's washington editor...