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Trump to speak to Saudi, UAE leaders Sunday: White House

Trump is expected to speak with Saudi Arabia's King Salman first this afternoon, followed by a conversation with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Trump to speak to Saudi, UAE leaders Sunday: White House
US President Donald Trump will speak to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and South Korea in separate calls on Sunday, the White House said in a statement. (Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump will speak to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and South Korea in separate calls on Sunday, the White House said in a statement.

Trump will speak with Saudi Arabia's King Salman first this afternoon, followed by a conversation with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

"In the afternoon, the President will speak with the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud," the White House said.

"The President will then speak with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed."

The calls come just days after Trump signed an executive order that temporarily barred travellers from seven other Muslim-majority countries. Trump said the moves would protect Americans from terrorism, in a swift and stern delivery on a campaign promise.

The ban affects travellers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and extends to green card holders who are legal permanent residents of the United States.

The order has caused anger among those countries affected in the region, and is likely to be among the issues discussed with the Gulf leaders. Security in the region and trade are also likely to feature in the conversation with Trump.

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