Ivanka Trump at the Saudi royal court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, on a visit during which Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged $100 million to a women's business fund supported by US President Donald Trump's daughter © MANDEL NGAN - AFP
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Last updated: May 23, 2017

Saudi and UAE pledge $100 million to Ivanka Trump womens' fund

Banner Icon US & Middle East Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $100 million to a women's business fund supported by Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president who Monday wound up a visit to Riyadh.

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the donation from both oil-rich Gulf states on Sunday, during a meeting between Ivanka Trump and a group of Saudi women, a member of the US delegation said.

The idea of a fund providing microfinance to women in underdeveloped countries was floated by President Donald Trump's daughter and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a conference in Berlin last month.

Kim said the donation along with other pledges from the United States and other countries will allow the World Bank to announce the creation of a $1-billion fund for women empowerment during the G-20 summit in July.

"This is really a stunning achievement. I’ve never seen anything come together so quickly," he commented, according to the source.

The US president flew to Israel on Monday after a two-day stay in Saudi Arabia, which he chose for his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

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