Trump hopes to continue talks with Saudis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump told a Saudi delegation that he hopes to continue their consultations for regional issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The statement from the White House, released a day after the president’s meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, emphasized Trump’s “strong desire to achieve a comprehensive, just, and lasting settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The statement also says that both sides noted the importance of “confronting Iran’s destabilizing regional activities” while continuing to enforce the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump and the Saudi delegation also discussed their mutual commitment to fighting “Daesh” — the Trump administration using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group for the first time.

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