BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump departs from Washington for the Middle East on Friday in his first overseas visit since he took office in January.
Embroiled in rolling scandals at home, he can expect a welcome in Saudi Arabia and Israel, which have been lobbying for U.S. support for their policies in the region.
However, experts fear that Trump may add fuel to the conflict-laden region when he wades into the Palestinian-Israeli peace process Maglia Carlo Pinsoglio Juventus , ties with Iran, anti-terrorism and wars in Syria and Yemen.
BALANCE AT STAKE
In his first stop, Trump is expected to meet with Saudi officials, as well as more than 50 leaders of Muslim countries during a summit hosted by the kingdom.
"Trump's escalation against Iran complies with Saudi policies that adopt a strict position on Iran and reject the Iranian policies as interference in regional affairs, especially that Iran drives the situations in Yemen and Syria towards more tension Maglia Leonardo Bonucci Juventus ," said Sayyid Amin Shalaby, director of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.
Saudi Arabia was not satisfied with the policies of Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, toward Iran, and ties between the two countries soured after the U.S. Congress passed a law last year permitting lawsuits holding the kingdom responsible for the 911 attacks.
"Trump announced that he will uproot terrorism and he wants to do so by relying on his Arab and Muslim allies in the Middle East region Maglia Juan Cuadrado Juventus ," Sayyid said, adding that Washington expects the Gulf states to share the expenses of an anti-terror war by signing an arms deal worth 100 billion U.S. dollars with Saudi Arabia.
However, experts fear that Trump will escalate tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims