Meeting between PM Nawaz, Donald Trump expected on May 20

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Meeting between PM Nawaz, Donald Trump expected on May 20

ISLAMABAD: There are fair chances of a sideline meeting between the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Donald Trump on May 20, in Riyadh, during US premier’s first official visit to Saudi Arabia.

PM Nawaz was invited to attend the upcoming US-Arab and Islamic summit in Riyadh earlier this week, which was accepted.

The arrangements are being made for the meeting between PM Nawaz and US President Donald Trump who will also be attending the summit in Riyadh, FO said.

The conference will focus on ways to enhance cooperation between the United States and the Muslim world. This would be the first time President Trump will be visiting Kingdom of Saudia Arabia since he assumed office in January 2017.

The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100bn, a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of Donald Trump’s planned visit to Riyadh.

The US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300bn over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US ally Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors.

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