Image: Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh

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Trump Receives Royal Welcome in Saudi Arabia

The pomp and pageantry included a signing ceremony for a military arms deal to Saudi Arabia, and ended with music and dancing at a banquet.

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President Donald Trump holds a bouquet of flowers after being welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, right, during Trump's arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.

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Image: Members of Saudi Royal guard ride horses as U.S. President Donald Trump arrive at the Royal Court in Riyadh

President Trump arrives for his official welcome ceremony at the royal offices, flanked by a herd of horsemen carrying Saudi and American flags. 

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Image: President Donald J. Trump holds the hand of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

President Trump holds King Salman's hand, left, as Trump is welcomed by the Saudi Royal Court.

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Image: First lady Melania Trump talks with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef

First lady Melania Trump talks with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef during a ceremony to present the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal to President Trump, at the Royal Court Palace.

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Image: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with U.S. President Donald Trump during a reception ceremony in Riyadh

King Salman meets with President Trump during a reception ceremony.

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Image: President Donald Trump waits for the beginning of a bilateral meeting with Saudi King Salam

President Trump waits for the beginning of a bilateral meeting with  King Salman. With Trump, from left, are White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.

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Image: President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud attend a signing ceremony

President Trump and King Salman attend a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court. Trump participated in signing ceremonies for several agreements that "further solidify U.S.-Saudi security and economic cooperation," according to aides.

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Image: President Donald Trump looks at the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal during a ceremony at the Royal Court Palace,

President Trump looks at the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal -- named after the kingdom's founder and considered its highest honor.

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The room hosting the meeting between President Trump and King Salman at the Saudi Royal Court. 

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Image: White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (R), flanked by fellow senior advisor Steve Bannon (L) and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, attends a signing ceremony

White House senior adviser Steve Bannon, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, senior adviser Jared Kushner attend a signing ceremony between King Salman and President Trump.

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Image: Trump dances with a sword as he arrives to a welcome ceremony by Saudi Arabia's King Salman at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh

President Trump dances with a sword. The day of diplomacy concluded with a festive banquet at Murabba Palace.

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Image: Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman are projected on the front of the Ritz-Carlton, where Trump is staying in Riyadh

Images of President Trump and King Salman are projected on the front of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where Trump is staying in Riyadh.

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Image: Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh

Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a banquet dinner at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20.

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Image: Ivanka Trump and Kushner look on as U.S. President Trump arrives at a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh

Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, look on as President Donald Trump arrives at a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20.

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Image: Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh

Trump and first lady Melania are offered treats by Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Murabba PalaceAl Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20.

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Image: Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

President Donald Trump jokes with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a meeting on in Riyadh on May 21.

The Sunday meeting underscored the leaders' kinship, with Trump saluting his counterpart on the April release of Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi, who had been detained in the country for nearly three years.

El-Sissi invited Trump to visit him in Egypt, adding, "You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible." As the participants laughed, Trump responded: "I agree."

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Image: Trump attends a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council

Trump attends a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh on May 21.

On the second day of his first trip abroad, Trump sought to demonstrate that he'd made progress with an agreement with Gulf Arab states on countering terrorist funding.

Under the memorandum of understanding with the Gulf Cooperation Council announced in Saudi Arabia, participants are pledging to prosecute the financing of terrorism, including individuals. 

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Image: Donald Trump, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Trump shakes hands with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the meeting with leaders at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit on May 21 in Riyadh.

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Image: Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah

Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah is handed a note during a bilateral meeting with Trump on May 21 in Riyadh.

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Image: Melania Trump speaks with employees during a visit to the GE All-Women Business Process Services

First lady Melania Trump speaks with employees during a visit to a General Electric all-female service center in Riyadh on May 21.

Trump praised the "empowerment of women," and told 200 female employees she tried to find balance between her role of first lady and mother.

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Image: Donald Trump, King Salman

Trump and Saudi King Salman, right, are saluted as they arrive to attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21.

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Image: Trump speaks at the Arabic Islamic American Summit

Trump speaks at the Arabic Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21.

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Image: Trump, King Salman, al-Sisi open the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump, and President Donald Trump open the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh on May 21.

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