Washington (Web Desk): President Donald Trump will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month, making the two countries his first foreign destinations since taking office, the White House announced on Thursday.

Trump would also attend a Nato meeting in Brussels on 25 May and the Group of Seven summit in Sicily on 26 May, The Guardian reported.

First, in Saudi Arabia he will meet “leaders from across the Muslim world”, he said, as he tried to shape what he called a new foundation of co-operation “with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence”.

He claimed that the US would not presume to tell people how to live their lives, but would try to help create a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries.

The announcement of a stop in Israel comes after Trump’s meeting on Wednesday with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and his vows to mediate peace with Israel.

Trump also met with Catholic cardinals earlier Thursday ahead of confirming his trip to Rome and the Vatican, where he will meet Pope Francis.