American and Saudi national flags are seen on a main road in Riyadh, on May 19, 2017. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Saudi Arabia is looking to assert its regional leadership against Iran by hosting a summit between visiting U.S. President Donald Trump and Muslim leaders from around the world, analysts say. Trump, on his first foreign trip since taking office in January, will tell Muslim leaders of his "hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam" as he seeks support for the war against radical Islamists, Washington has said.The summit will be one of three weekend meetings, as Trump holds bilateral talks with top Saudi officials and with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia.The bilateral summit Saturday comes with Saudi leaders rebuilding crucial ties with Washington after feeling that Trump's predecessor Barack Obama tilted too much toward Tehran.
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