Riyadh: Pak PM arrives to attend Arab-Islamic American Summit

Lahore [Pakistan], May 21 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Riyadh on Sunday to attend the first ever Arab-Islamic -American -Summit that aims to develop a security partnership against the growing threat of violent extremism.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who arrived in Riyadh on Friday, will float an idea of creating "Arab Nato force" to counter Iran's growing influence in the Middle East and to combat terrorism.

PM Sharif is accompanied by foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz, lawyer Akram Sheikh and several government officials.

The summit will be attended by more than 50 leaders from Islamic countries including the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Malaysia, and Presidents of Afghanistan, Egypt .

Pakistan's role in the 39-nation Islamic military alliance against terrorism will also come under discussion with Saudi authorities, Geo Tv reported.

President Trump has already spoken to diplomatic officials of Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates on creating a multi -national force "Arab Nato force." Sharif is unlikely to hold bilateral meetings with President Trump and King Salman.

However, sources said the premier could hold a meeting with the Saudi King later in the day..

Source: ANI