TRUMP’S SUMMITS KEY FOR TACKLING CRISES — EXPERTS

KUWAIT — Summits scheduled during US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia on May 20-21 will be crucial for resolving regional conflicts and crises.

Kuwaiti experts indicate at forecast measures that would be agreed upon by the summiteers on key files, namely combating terrorism, extremism, bolstering regional security and the economic partnership among the countries, leaders of which will partake in the top-level meetings in the kingdom.

Dr. Zafir Muhammad Alajmi, the executive director of Alkhaleeji Monitoring Group, said in remarks to KUNA that Trump’s visit to the kingdom is not aimed at “dismantling and reconstructing regional alliances but at laying a new path for the American external policy based on its relations with its Arab and Islamic partners.”

Trump’s mission is designed to turn the chapter of the ties that existed during his predecessor’s era, Barrack Obama, “which lacked vision and prudence in tackling issues and resulted in differences over most regional causes in Syria, Iraq and Yemen,” said Dr. Alajmi.

Trump will hold a meeting with the Saudi King, followed with a US-GCC summit and a top-level meeting grouping Trump’s delegation and ranking leaders of Arab and Islamic nations.

GCC diplomacy has succeeded in nudging Trump to conduct his first external mission in the region. “This means that the Gulf states have succeeded in occupying a leading status in the fight against extremism and hatred,” he said.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Hadban, political sciences professor at Kuwait University, said the GCC-US summit “will substantiate American commitment to the Gulf security and address the GCC countries’ concerns regarding the regional Iranian role.”

The United States, by holding the other summit with leaders of the Arab and Muslim nations, substantiates its keenness on cooperation with these countries for combating terrorism and extremism, Dr. Al-Hadban said, noting that Trump would seek to affirm his “hostility to terrorism, not to Islam.”

The American president will seek to get a commitment from the Arab and Muslim states to work for combating terrorism and extremism and broaden cooperation in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (Daesh), he added.

The summits, namely the one between the US and the GCC, “gesture that the Gulf security remains of particular importance for the US Administration,” Dr. Al-Hadban said.

“Trump may seek some financial obligations from the Gulf states — other Arab and Islamic countries cannot afford,” the Kuwaiti expert said, explaining these obligations might deal with security, arms deal, military training and information exchanges.

Traditionally, American presidents visit the kingdom first after taking the office, in recognition of its key role in preserving security and stability in the Middle East, said Dr. Hanan Al-Hajri, also a political sciences professor at the university.

Stakeholders are looking forward to these summits to examine accords on files such as the terrorism, security and stability in the Middle East, she said, noting that the summits would be held amid crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

The US-Islamic summit is expected to end with a new partnership between the US and Muslim nations in the fight against terrorism, said Dr. Al-Hajri.

Washington leads an international coalition comprising 20 states for combating the IS and liberating the areas under the militants’ control.

In addition to terrorism, the US-Islamic dialogue will touch on the Middle Eastern security.

Trump is expected to proceed to Israel following the mission in the Gulf.

Source: NAM News Network