Melania Trump announces first overseas trip as first lady

Trump visit draws country singer Toby Keith to Saudi Arabia

During a press conference he held on Thursday, Jubeir praised Riyadh's "historic" ties with Washington and "expected" commercial and political deals to be signed during Donald Trump's visit to the kingdom, scheduled on May 23, the leader's first foreign trip as United States president.

While reiterating Riyadh's rejection of Iran's interference in the region, Jubeir dubbed the presidential Iranian election as an "internal matter".

Reuters reported last week that Washington was pushing through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others already in the pipeline, ahead of Trump's visit.

Saudi Arabia-which enforces ultraconservative Islamic law that bans alcohol and unrelated men and women congregating in public-recently relaxed its restrictions on American entertainment. Jubeir said Saudi Arabia was not concerned about sharing intelligence with the United States, despite a storm over reports that Trump had discussed intelligence with Russian Federation during a White House meeting last week.

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He also boasts a wide setlist of highly patriotic tracks about America.

It is not clear whether Keith's performance was designed specifically to coincide with Trump's visit. Keith, meanwhile, proudly defended his decision to perform.

Music concerts had been banned in the country for the past two decades. The event is free, the website says, though formal dress is required.

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