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Saudis set to fete Trump

Kingdom sees his visit as ‘a new beginning’

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Photographs by AP/NARIMAN EL-MOFTY

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in September. Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump’s first overseas stop, hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims annually at holy sites in Mecca and Medina.

Saudi Arabia is making every effort to dazzle and impress President Donald Trump on his first overseas trip, seizing on the visit to cement itself as a major player on the world stage and shove aside rival Iran.

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