While speaking at the Riyadh Summit, US President Donald Trump said India was among the nations that have been victims of violent terrorism attacks. Referring to the various terror incidents that took place in the US, Trump said that Europe, countries of Africa and South America, India, Russia, and China have faced violent attacks of terrorism.
“Few nations have been spared the violent reach of terrorism. America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks from the atrocities of September 11 to the devastation of the Boston bombings to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando. The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and South America. India, Russia, China, and Australia have all been victims,” he said.
He also said that it was particularly the Middle East countries, where the death toll had been the highest, saying the “humanitarian and security disaster” that started from this region, is now spreading worldwide.
“…in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of destruction in this wave of fanatical violence. Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim. We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet,” he said.
Trump urged the leaders of Middle East countries to combat a “crisis of Islamic extremism” that has emerged from the region. He said it is a “battle between good and evil” and not a clash between the West and Islam to combat terrorism.
More than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders were present at the summit. Trump sought to define America’s role in the region, aimed to curb terrorism.
His speech has been the highlight of Trump’s first overseas visit. He was earlier awarded the highest civilian honour of the country.