Trump accuses Iran of fuelling 'fires of sectarian conflict'

"Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president ... tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

Those comments echo statements made the day before in Saudi Arabia.

Zarif indicated that Trump had during his Saudi Arabia visit milked his hosts of hundreds of billions of dollars in business deals.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Trump's speech for attacking Tehran and said that the US President should spend his time in Riyadh discussing how to avoid Saudi Arabians "carrying out another" 9/11 attack in the US instead of making baseless terrorism associated claims against other countries.

The Saudi king praised Trump and said he hoped his visit would "strengthen our strategic co-operation", before presenting him with the country's highest civilian award, The King Abdulaziz Medal.

Striking a conciliatory line, his comments marked a change in tone for Mr Trump after his remarks during the presidential campaign where he told the US: "Islam hates us".

"America is prepared to stand with you in pursuit of shared interests, but nations can't wait for American power to crush this enemy for them", he said.

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While Trump has criticised former President Barack Obama for not using the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism", his staff sought to ensure that he not use it in the speech here to this Muslim audience.

His words shocked many Americans, with Trump detractors noting that the US Constitution prohibits religious discrimination.

In a stopover lasting 28 hours, he is to meet separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Trump slammed Iran for spreading "destruction and chaos" throughout the region.

In his first keynote speech overseas, Trump sought to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world, and focused on his desire to curb Iran's influence in the region. "We are waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies", said Rouhani. "If you open the documents, I think you're going to see that it was Saudi Arabia, it wasn't Iraq".

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