King Salman welcomes Trump as he arrives in Saudi Arabia

 20 May 2017 - 10:11

King Salman welcomes Trump as he arrives in Saudi Arabia
US President Donald Trump (C-L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. AFP / MANDEL NGAN


Riyadh: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia greeted US President Donald Trump as he arrived in the Kingdom.

Trump landed in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on Saturday for the start of his first foreign tour since taking office.

Trump waved as he stood atop stairs that had been rolled to the side of the official presidential aircraft as it landed at Riyadh's airport shortly before 9:50 am (0650 GMT) local time. He was joined by First Lady Melania Trump.

Trump and his wife Melania, who dressed conservatively in black but did not cover her hair, walked side-by-side to the tarmac where they both shook hands with Saudi King Salman. 

Trump said it was "a great honor" to be there.

Several jets also flew overhead leaving a red, white and blue trail.

Trump will hold talks with leaders in the ultra-conservative kingdom later Saturday and is to give a speech on Islam to some 50 Arab and Muslim leaders on Sunday. 

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told reporters on the plane that Trump spent the flight meeting with staff, working on his upcoming speech to the Muslim world and getting a little sleep.

The Republican president was to be accompanied by the first lady, First Daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner on the first leg of his tour. 

Trump will also visit Jerusalem and the Vatican on his tour.