Trump ‘hopes’ to visit Bangladesh

US President Donald Trump has said he ‘hopes to visit’ Bangladesh, after he was invited by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, according to a top official.

The two leaders met at the Arab Islamic American Summit held at Abdulaziz Conference Centre in Riyadh on Sunday, said Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque.

“President Donald Trump met and exchanged greetings with the prime minister. The prime minister has invited him to visit Bangladesh. The president has said he ‘hopes’ to make the trip,” Haque told reporters after the meeting.

The visit to Saudi Arabia is Trump’s first foreign trip since taking office in January. It is also his first meeting with Hasina.

Hasina joined the Arab Islamic American Summit, together with Trump and leaders from the Muslim-majority countries.

Hasina was greeted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the conference centre. The Saudi king also hosted a luncheon for the world leaders. The summit began in the evening.

During his speech, President Trump called on Arab leaders to do their ‘fair share’ to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremism.

Trump also encouraged the establishment of new partnerships to end extremism and strengthen security and stability.