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U.S. President DonaldTrumpvisits the Western Wall in Jerusalem Jordan 1 High OG Top 3 , May 22, 2017. (XinhuaNati Shochat-JINI) By Matthew Rusling

WASHINGTON, May 24 (Xinhua) -- In a sharp break from his predecessor Barack Obama's Mideast policy, U.S. President Donald Trump is cozying up to Israeli and Arab leaders in a bid to isolate Iran, U.S. experts said.

In a first for any newly elected U.S. president, Trump paid a visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia in his first overseas trip as president. The trip was made not only in a bid to gain help in defeating terror group Islamic State (IS) Jordan 1 High OG Re2pect , but also to contain what Trump believes is a threat from Iran, the experts said.

"Trump believes that Iran remains an enemy...and must be contained and pushed back," Jim Phillips, senior Middle East research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Xinhua.

Trump puts a much higher priority on U.S. national security than on human rights, said Phillips Jordan 1 High OG Wheat , noting Obama's strained relations with Saudi Arabia over what Obama saw as human rights issues.

Indeed, Trump is dramatically changing the U.S. policy on Iran and the Middle East.

After years of crippling sanctions that wrecked Iran's economy, Obama extended an olive branch to Iran and agreed to lift many sanctions in exchange for a deal on Iran's nuclear weapons program. But Trump believes that was a bad deal, and sees the U.S. relationship with Iran much differently.

As such, the billionaire-turned-politician is making it very obvious, through this week's Middle East visit Jordan 1 Retro High OG , that he is siding with Iran's regional competitors: Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Trump is also making it clear which countries the U.S. will side with in terms of military aid, through a U.S.-Saudi weapons agreement. Announced on Saturday, the deal was made in a bid to counter Iran's military capabilities, U.S. experts said.

The deal included Theater High Altitude Area Defense, also known as THAAD, which is a missile defense system that experts said was made in a bid to counter any possible missile strikes from Iran Jordan 1 High OG For Sale , should a direct conflict ever occur. The agreement also included more coordination between Arab nations and the United States, as well as patrol boats.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are still worried about the nuclear deal reached between Iran and former U.S. President Barack Obama, as the deal allows for a broadening of Iran's nuclear infrastructure after a ten- year-period. For its part, Iran has always maintained that its nuclear program is peaceful, to be used for energy needs and medical research.

At the same time Jordan 1 High OG Shoes , Trump is making a concerted effort to promote warmer ties with Israel, a U.S. ally and Iran's rival, after eight years of chilled ties under Obama.

In a speech in Israel earlier this week, Trump spoke warmly of Israel and referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "my good friend."

David Pollock, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Trump's Israel visit was highly significant Jordan 1 High OG , and signified that the U.S. relationship with Israel will be much warmer than it was under the previous U.S. administration.

While there may continue to be some policy differences between the U.S. and Israel, those will likely be discussed privately between the two allies and will not become a "public dispute," Pollock said.


The Middle East is a complicated chessboard of players. Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iran are the major military players in the region, and Iran and Saudi Arabia are at odds in a power struggle.

The two countries are in indirect conflict in Yemen. Iran backs Houthi rebels in a civil war with the government of Yemen, which is backed by Saudi Arabia. Iran's support involves weapons and training.

The recent massive weapons agreement signed by Washington and Riyadh during Trump's visit could result in more Saudi weapons flooding into the conflict in Yemen. Analysts say that could make the situation there more volatile.

In Syria Cheap Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Black Gold White , Iran has also deployed several thousand of its own troops to fight on the side of Syrian government forces, against the rebels who aim to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The rebels, like Saudi Arabia, are mostly Sunni, and are supported by the U.S. and Sunnis in the Arab world.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted Trump on Monday for his visit to Iran's rival, Saudi Arabia Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG White Black For Sale , but added that he wanted improved ties with Washington.

By John Kwoba

NAIROBI, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) - Kenya cricket team will play two international build up matches against Hong Kong, China and Nepal prior to their trip to New Zealand for the World Cup qualifiers next year.

The team, which has returned from the ICC Inter-Continental matches in Dubai, has landed two build up matches as part of their preparations for the 2015 ICC World Cup qualifiers scheduled to take place in New Zealand between January 13 and February 1.

This means that Kenya will play ties against Hong Kong, China in their first build-up match to be played at Christchurch on January 10 and Nepal in their second friendly match at the same venue on January 11 Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Laser White Grey Mens Discount Jordan Shoes , two days before they start their World Cup qualifiers campaign.

Steve Tikolo, Kenya's interim coach said the matches will be important to help Kenya acclimatise prior to the tournament proper.

"The build-up matches will help us to acclimatize to weather conditions in New Zealand that are very different with Dubai and Kenya," Tikolo said Sunday in Nairobi.

"Playing the two teams (Hong Kong, China and Nepal) would also help us know their approach of the game just in case we meet in Super Six Stage."

This will be the first time that Tikolo will be leading the team, and it offers him a chance to know where best to position his players and analyse their strength and weaknesses.

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