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Trump's First Foreign Trip as President Will Take Him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican

Trump has said he wants to serve as a "mediator, arbiter or facilitator" to help Israel and Palestine reach a peace accord

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    Trump's First Foreign Trip as President Will Take Him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican
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    This Feb. 15, 2017, file photo shows President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands during a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House.

    President Donald Trump is headed to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican this month on his first foreign trip since taking office, Trump said Thursday.

    Speaking at a event about religious freedom, Trump touted a "truly historic gathering" of Muslim leaders from around the world he'll attend in Saudi Arabia, where the leaders will discuss the fight against "extremism, terrorism and violence, and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries."

    The trip will end with the president visiting NATO in Brussels on May 25, then a meeting at the G7 summit in Sicily.

    Trump hosted Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, on Wednesday, when he said he wants to serve as a "mediator, arbiter or facilitator" to help Israel and Palestine reach a peace accord.

    Trump to Abbas: We Will Get This Done'

    [NATL] Trump Meets With Palestinian Leader Abbas

    President Donald Trump met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on May 3, saying that he would help broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. "I would love to be a mediator or an arbitrator or a facilitator," Trump said. "We will get this done."

    At the end of the conference Abbas said in English, "Mr. President, with you we have hope."

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)