U.S.-West Asia

Business as usual

Print edition : June 23, 2017

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Centre in Riyadh on May 21. Photo: AP/Evan Vucci

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (second from left) joins Trump in a dance during a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20. Photo: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23. Photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner

During Donald Trump’s recent tour of West Asia, when he signed trade and defence deals worth $480 billion with Saudi Arabia, even the customary protestations about human rights abuses and democracy in the region were noticeably absent.
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