US presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that he is willing to work with Egypt, Jordan, and Israel to extinguish Islamic extremism.
“We will work side by side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan and the president of Egypt, President [Abdel Fattah] Al-Sisi,” Trump said.
The Republican presidential hopeful delivered a speech in Ohio in which he laid out a counter-terrorism strategy, attacking the policies of his Democratic opponent Hilary Clinton and US president Barack Obama in the Middle East.
Trump said that if he wins the November elections, he will call for an international conference focused on halting the spread of radical Islam.
“We will also work very closely with NATO on this new mission,” he added, before saying that he believes the US can find common grounds with Russia in fighting Islamic State (IS).
The billionaire-turned-politician said that Obama-Clinton “adventures” in the Middle East have only led to “death, destruction, and tremendous financial loss” for the US.
Mentioning the deterioration of security status in the Middle East during the Obama era, Trump highlighted that “terrorists have gained a foothold in the Sinai near the Suez Canal, one of the most essential waterways in the world.”