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British Arab Network Chairman welcomes Arab Muslim US Summit & anti-extremism center in interview with Saudi TV news

23 May 2017, by BritishArab Network - In the Media

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Dr. Wafik Moustafa, Chairman of the British Arab Network, was this week interviewed about the Arab Muslim US Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh by Saudi Arabia TV news.

Dr. Moustafa said:

“I congratulate His Majesty King Salman on hosting this unique summit. Saudi Arabia is a important and trusted ally of the US, UK, and the West. It is imperative that President Trump interacts and works closely with the Arab Muslim world.  I welcome the opening and work of Global Center for Combating Extremism, which is headquartered in Riyadh. It is vital to work towards creating the necessary conditions for stability and reconciliation in the region.”


Trump urges Muslim leaders to lead fight against radicalisation

22 May 2017

US President Donald Trump has urged Muslim countries to take the lead in combating radicalisation in a major speech in Saudi Arabia.

“Drive them out of this earth,” he told regional leaders in Riyadh, as part of his first official trip abroad.

Mr Trump blamed Iran, Saudi Arabia’s rival, for instability in the region.

His speech is seen as an attempted reset with Muslims after his harsh campaign rhetoric stirred concerns in the Islamic world.

Mr Trump had previously suggested he would be open to creating a database of all the Muslims in the US. And he had also called for Muslims to be temporarily banned from entering the US over security concerns.

But, speaking in the Saudi capital to leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries, Mr Trump called this a “new chapter”, saying he was not there to “lecture” them or impose the American way of life.

The fight against extremism, he added, was not a battle between different faiths or civilizations: “This is a battle between good and evil”

“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists, and drive out the extremists”.

But, he added, the countries could not wait for “American power” to act, and had to “fulfil their part of the burden”.