Contrary to what Western Press agencies are reporting and President Obama’s delivery in Egypt eight years ago, President Donald Trump did not deliver a speech on Islam during his trip to Saudi Arabia.

Recalling that his voyage which began in Saudi Arabia, the land of Islam’s holy places and would continue to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Vatican. He has called for the practice of tolerance and respect between the three religions of Abraham.

Focusing his discussion on the fight against terrorism, he appealed to the religious and humanist sentiments of the Muslim leaders present, pleading that they no longer cooperate with those sowing the seeds of death. He invited them to participate in the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. What follows are the principal extracts of his speech:

« We are not here to give sermons; we are not here to preach to others how they must live, act, learn or worship. Instead, we are here to offer a partnership – based on interests and shared values – so that we all can pursue a future that will be brighter for us all.

(…) It is a choice between two futures – it is a choice that America cannot make for you. A better future is only possible if your nations reject terrorists and extremists. Throw them out. Throw them out of your places of worship. Throw them out of your communities. Throw them out of your holy land. Banish them from our earth .

For our part, America is committed to adjusting its strategies to face new threats and facts as they develop. We will eliminate strategies that have not worked and will apply new techniques that have emerged from experience and judgement. We are adopting a pragmatic approach, anchored in common values and shared interests.

(…) The religious leaders must make this absolutely clear; inhumanity will not bring any glory to you – devotion to evil will not bring you any dignity. If you choose the path of terror, then your life will be short and your soul condemned.

(…) With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practise terror and who propagate their vile credo. At the same time, we pray so that we may remember the day of this gathering as the beginning of peace in the Middle East - and possibly throughout the entire world.

(…) I ask you to join me, to join me, to work together – United, we will not fail. I thank you. May God bless you. May God bless your country. And may God bless the United States of America ».

Donald Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit”, by Donald Trump, Voltaire Network, 21 May 2017.

Anoosha Boralessa