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After all the controversy about campaign rhetoric regarding Islam and his executive orders on travelers from Middle Eastern countries, U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice of Saudi Arabia - which he called “the heart of the Muslim World’ - as his first stop on his first overseas trip came as quite a surprise to many, writes Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, President of the International American Council and board member of the US-Middle East Chamber of Business and Commerce and Harvard IR.

A new phase may have begun, as many indications point to change with US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, his speech before the Islamic summit, and his announcement of a series of measures to confront Iran.

Although Donald Trump initially expressed reluctance to get involved in the Syrian Civil War, the USA  is currently in the middle of a battle in the south of the country between the US military and Iranian- backed forces which support the Syrian Regime.

 Confirmation from Washington is being sought by Bahrain, as it  faces a terrorist threat sponsored by Iran. The US finally validated them in March, by sanctioning two Bahraini individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. One of the sanctioned individuals allegedly resides in Qom, the ideological center of the Iranian regime.

By INU Staff 
INU - Last year, President Barack Obama received a less than warm welcome in Saudi Arabia. Relations between the United States and the kingdom were rather fraught when the Obama administration was in place. The Saudi leaders saw the US as being too lenient on its enemy Iran and watched Obama effectively removing US influence from the region. Furthermore, the Saudis were disappointed that the US did not take action against President of Syria Bashar al-Assad and viewed Obama as taking the side of the Islamic Republic.

Meissa Diop, the president of the Persian Language Students Association, at the Persian Language and Culture Department at Dakar’s University, talked about concerns of Sengalese students in an interview with Track Persia, a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East.


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