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The Latest on Donald Trump’s Trip to Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local):

12:36 p.m.

First Lady Melania Trump shares a laugh with a child during a visit to the American International School in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

First lady Melania Trump paid a visit to the American International School in Riyadh on Sunday while her husband held a series of bilateral meetings with Arab leaders.

The first lady delivered Dr. Seuss books to a pre-school classroom, spoke to sixth graders on a soccer field and clapped along to a rendition of “Lean on me” in the school’s library.

She was joined by the Saudi education minister.

It’s the first lady’s first visit to the country and her first experience representing the U.S. on a foreign stage.
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11:45 a.m.

US President Donald Trump (C) attends a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is joining with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council in an effort to counter the financing of terrorism.

White House adviser Dina Powell tells reporters that a memorandum of understanding signed by the U.S. and GCC nations represents the “farthest reaching commitment” to not finance terrorist organizations.

She says it includes a pledge to prosecute the financing of terrorism, including individuals.
Along with the U.S., the participants include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Trump and the GCC leaders watched as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged documents.
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10:20 a.m.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (L) meets Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) during his visit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 23, 2017. (Photo by Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is making plans for another foreign trip as he eases into his first.

Trump said Sunday he would accept an invitation made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to visit Egypt. Trump said the visit would happen before long.

Trump is also calling el-Sisi his “friend” and praising him for the release of U.S. aid worker Aya Hijazi, who had been held captive for three years.

Through a translator, el-Sisi said Trump “had a unique personality” that allowed him “to do the impossible.”

Trump smiled and said “I agree.”

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9:58 a.m.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met Sunday morning in Riyadh in a bilateral meeting.

The president said the two nations had been “friends for a long time.” He added that “no one makes” military equipment like the United States and said a deal would create jobs for the U.S. and security for Qatar.
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9:23 a.m.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is beginning his day of meetings with Arab leaders with the King of Bahrain.

Trump says the two countries “have a wonderful relationship” but “there has been a little strain.”

He vowed Sunday to improve things further. Trump did not specify what tension he needed to resolve. The two countries have had a long-term military alliance.

The King of Bahrain also praised the two nations’ long-term alliance.

Trump is set to have a day of meetings before delivering a major speech to the Muslim world urging unity in the fight against terror.

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9:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump is kicking off the second day of his first foreign trip abroad with a series of bilateral and group meetings with foreign leaders.

Trump will meet with leaders from Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, and other countries before delivering a speech on fighting extremism.

The president will urge leaders in the region to “drive out the terrorists from your places of worship.” That’s according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press.

He’ll also attend the opening of the new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

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