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Saudi King Presents Trump With Top Civilian Honor Also Held by Putin

© REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstSaudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (C) welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (2-R) as they arrive aboard Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (C) welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (2-R) as they arrive aboard Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017 - Sputnik International
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US President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and top White House aides arrived Saturday morning in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia became the first stop of a nine-day, multi-country tour.

President Donald Trump waves as he steps out of Air Force One during his arrival at JFK International airport in New York, Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Sputnik International
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During the official visit, President Donald Trump received Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor from Saudi King Salman. The king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al-Saud, previously bestowed upon Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, around Trump's neck at a ceremony at the Royal Court in Riyadh.

The host explained that the US president received the Honor for "his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world."

Trump tweeted several photographs from the welcoming ceremony.

Trump was joined by first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

The trip will last nine days and will also include Israel, Italy, Vatican City and Belgium.

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