US President Donald Trump has used a trip to the West Bank to repeat his call to the Arab world in particular to “obliterate” extremism following the attack on Manchester Arena which killed at least 22 people.
“The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever,“ the president said in Bethlehem on Tuesday, standing alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”
Isis has claimed responsibility have yet been made for the suicide bomb which targeted concert-goers, including several children, at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester on Monday night.
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Mr Trump was meeting with Mr Abbas in the West Bank during the fourth and final day of the Middle East leg of his first foreign trip since entering office. It was sad that a meeting designed to foster peace should occur on a “morning of death,” he added.
Air Force One arrived in Tel Aviv from Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, on Monday.
Fresh from talks with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia in which the president said he gave him “new reasons for hope” of lasting peace in the region, Mr Trump reiterated his desire to broker peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict – a feat he has again described as “one of the toughest deals of all”.
“I have a feeling that we’re going to get there eventually, I hope,“ Mr Trump said on Monday night, although few US policy specifics have emerged to shed light on how the president plans to do so.
Mr Trump met with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin and visited holy sites in Jerusalem before travelling through a checkpoint in the Israeli occupation wall to Bethlehem on Tuesday morning.
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At a joint media conference with Mr Abbas Mr Trump noted a…