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A White House official later said that was not intended and attributed it to the president being "an exhausted guy".

The new stage will contribute to creating a society between those two worlds to stop extremism and terrorism, and keep peace, security and stability in the region, Al-Jubeir told a news conference.

Ahead of President Trump's much-anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia, delivered before a gathering of Muslim statesmen on Sunday, there was a great deal of speculation into what Trump would say about Islam - a faith, after all, that he once claimed "hates us" and whose devotees he once sought to bar from entering the United States.

"The foundation of power is national strength and this only happens through elections".

Trump took a brief shot at allaying those concerns.

The president had previously campaigned for a new database to track Muslims in the USA and later called for those from some nations to be banned from entering the country.

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Zarif further insinuated that the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center were carried out by the Saudi Arabia and hence, advised Trump to work out a deal with Riyadh to prevent such an attack from happening in the future, Reuters reported.

"We are back in the pre-Obama era, on steroids", he said. "Under Obama you had this attempt of the US playing the external balancer in the region".

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Washington's alliance with the mainly Sunni Muslim countries of the Arab world against Shi'ite Iran is decades old.

Rouhani, the face of Tehran's deal with six major powers in 2015 to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions, said the USA administration lacked knowledge about the Middle East. Iran has lots of sins to account for - including its cynical support for the bloody regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Iran and the U.S. back opposing sides in the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, but they are both fighting the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq.

Obama's outreach to Tehran reflected that reality.

B'nai B'rith in a statement issued Sunday evening praised Trump for calling on Arab nations to join in the fight against Islamic terrorism and for "challenging the Arab world to unite in confronting Iran - the largest state sponsor of global terror".

A senior US official defended the initiative, citing "a common threat from terrorist organisations as well as from Iranian subversion throughout the region".

Most of the 19 terrorists who killed almost 3,000 people in New York Twin Towers in 2001 (9/11) were Saudi citizens and there have been repeated accusations that members of the Saudi hierarchy were involved in the attack.

Speaking a day after Iran re-elected the relatively moderate Hassan Rouhani as president, Mr Trump risked reigniting tensions with Tehran by accusing the country of bearing responsibility for instability in the region.

Iran and its destabilizing regional role was a major point of agreement at the weekend's U.S. -Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh, and its foreign minister did not like the focus of attention.

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