US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the Middle East is aimed at getting Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations in the region to stand in “unity” against Iran, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told NBC on Monday.
Trump will visit Riyadh on his first foreign trip next week before visiting Tel Aviv and Vatican.
“I think there is broad view and broad consensus among all in the region, among all Arab nations… and among others of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region,” Tillerson said.
“This has to do with standing up in unity against Iran as opposed to any particular religious overtone,” he said of Trump's trip to the region.
Tillerson said Trump had chosen the three destinations because they represent Islam, Judaism and Christianity respectively.
“I think the important aspect of this visit that the president is making is to bring a message of unity” among the followers of these religions in the face of the threats posed by ISIL and al-Qaeda," he added. Last Modified: 05 15 2017 10:53 AM