Riyadh, May 20 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Saturday landed in Saudi Arabia, beginning his first international tour which is scheduled to include stops in Israel, the Vatican City, Belgium and Italy.

Trump was received by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, Efe news reported.

Abdulaziz organised a small reception for Trump, who was accompanied by his wife Melania Trump.

The President is scheduled to hold a meeting with Abdulaziz and other Saudi Arabian politicians to close economic deals.

Coinciding with the start of his visit, Riyadh organised a Saudi-American business forum to strengthen investments and bilateral trade.

On Sunday, Trump is to participate in a meeting with member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as a summit with leaders and representatives from around 50 Middle Eastern and Islamic countries.

Parallel to these meetings, a forum for the fight against terror and extremism is to be held, sponsored by the Saudi-led anti-terror military coalition.

After wrapping up his two-day visit, Trump will travel to Israel, Palestine and the Vatican and then on to Brussels and Sicily where he is to take part in NATO and G7 summits.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.