The US President called on Muslims to unity in the fight against terrorism
The US President Donald trump on Sunday urged the Muslim world to unite in the fight against terrorism, saying dozens of leaders of the Muslim countries participating in a regional summit in Riyadh that it is “about the battle between good and evil.”
Addressing the participants of the summit, trump said that he had brought with him from the United States a message of hope and love. He stressed that this explains the fact that his first foreign trip as President was marked by the visit to Saudi Arabia.
The bloodshed and the terror have hindered the development potential of the middle East, the President stated trump.
He said that the US is trying to create a coalition of countries “which share a common goal – the eradication of extremism,” and called this fight the “battle between good and evil.”
“This is not a struggle between different beliefs, different faiths and different civilizations, – said trump. Is the battle between the barbarians, criminals who want to destroy human life and are decent people of all religions who want to protect her”.
“America has suffered from barbarian attacks – from the atrocities of the eleventh September to the devastating Boston explosion and horrific murders in the San Bernardino and Orlando”, – reminded the President of the United States.
“Europe has also experienced untold horrors.How did you survive them and Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China, and Australia were victims (terrorists),” said trump.
“However, the President stated, – even judging by the figures, the toughest sacrifices are the lives of innocent people of Arab, Muslim and middle Eastern countries. In this wave of fanatical violence on them fell the brunt – murder and the most terrible destruction.”
“We can overcome this evil only if the forces of good are United and powerful and if every person in this room will do their part and take some of the burden,” he said.
“Muslim boys and girls should have the opportunity to grow free from fear, free from the threat of violence and not being tainted by hatred,” said trump. “Young Muslim men and women should have the opportunity to contribute to a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples,” he continued.
“This is the choice of the future, and America cannot make that choice for you,” he explained.
“A better future is only possible when your people will expel terrorists and extremists. Will expel them. Expel them from your houses of worship. Expel them from your community. Expel them from this land,” said trump.
Trump, who sought the ban on entry to USA residents of the six countries with a predominantly Muslim population, did not use the controversial phrase “radical Islamic terrorism”, although often used it in speeches in the United States. Instead, he urged Islamic leaders to speak honestly about the “crisis of Islamic extremism and Islamist terrorist organizations that he inspires”.
“Will we be indifferent in the face of evil?” he asked.
Trump highlighted the problem of Iran, accusing Tehran in that it contributes to instability in the region.
“From Lebanon to Iraq and Yemen, Iran finances, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremists who spread destruction and chaos across the region,” said trump.
According to trump, the fight against terrorism “means a joint statement against the killing of innocent Muslims, oppression of women, persecution of Jews and the killings of Christians.”
“Religious leaders should make absolutely clear: barbarism will not bring you the glory, the worship of evil will not give you greatness,” – said the President of the United States.
“America is a sovereign country, and our main priority is the safety of our citizens. We are not here to teach, not to tell others how to live, what to do or what to worship. Instead, we are here to offer a partnership based on shared interests and values – the aspiration for a better future for all of us,” said trump.
“Whenever a terrorist kills an innocent person and false cries out to God, it must be an insult to every believer,” – noted in the speech of the President of the United States.
“Terrorism has spread around the world. But the path to peace begins here, in this ancient land, this sacred country, said trump, noting that “America is ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with you”.
“If we are United, we will lose,” he said.
“America is ready to act together in pursuit of common interests and common security,” – said trump.
“But countries in the Middle East can’t wait until American power will not destroy this enemy for them,’ he continued. – The Middle East must decide what future they want for themselves, for their countries and for their children.”
It evoked polite applause from the audience that lasted about 20 seconds. From their seats has risen only American official delegation.
Specialist on Islam and world politics Jocelyn Sezari from the Center for religion, peace and international Affairs named after Berkeley at Georgetown University, says that the language used by trump in his speech, to indicate a “marked departure from its internal” statements about Islam.
“He never spent such a distinction between radical Islamist ideology and Islam as such, as did in this speech. However, it is unclear what this means in terms of policy decisions and their implementation,” she said.
Ahead of the speech, the US President held a meeting with the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (in the organization consists of six States) to discuss differences with Iran, policy toward this country and the way the struggle with militant Islamism.
Turning to the question about the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, the US President said that peace between them is possible.
Sunday trump’s speech marked a major change in the rhetoric of the President, if you remember his statements during the election campaign as “America first” and calls for the ban on entry of Muslims in America, as well as subsequent orders designed to restrict entry into the United States for residents of six countries with a predominantly Muslim population.
The visit to Saudi Arabia is unprecedented for the first foreign trip of the President of the United States. However, it should be noted that this oil-rich country with long-standing ties with the United States in the field of energy and defense, were not included in the list of Muslim countries, the entrance of which was supposed to limit.