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Saudi leaders hail Trump arrival as ‘reset of regional order’

(London Guardian) Donald Trump received a glittering welcome from leaders in Saudi Arabia on the first day of his first international tour, as the two countries agreed a series of military deals worth nearly $110bn (£85bn).

The US president’s decision to make the Saudi capital his first foreign call was seized on by senior Saudi officials as a symbol that Washington aimed to be once again a bedrock for the kingdom and its allies.

Lucrative defence and business deals were signed before Trump touched down in Riyadh, and numerous bilateral agreements were signed soon after he embarked on a 36-hour series of talks and banquets, which he plans to anchor with a speech on Islam to be delivered on Sunday night.

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