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Italian President awards Sheikha Lubna highest order

posted on 13/03/2008: 661 views

Foreign Trade Minister, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, has been awarded Italy's highest order. Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, awarded the UAE minister the "Star of the Italian Solidarity" Order in recognition of Shaikha Lubna's great contribution in boosting relations of cooperation between the UAE and Italy.

Italian ambassador, Paolo Dionisi, decorated Shaikha Lubna with the Order and presented to her a certificate of merit in a special reception he held here today at his residence. A number of dignitaries, including top political, economic and cultural personalities, as well as a large number of media persons, attended the ceremony.

In a statement, the Italian ambassador said the Italian president awarded the Order to Shaikha Lubna in recognition of her great efforts in boosting economic ties between the UAE and Italy, adding that the UAE minister continues to make generous contributions to boost bilateral relations between the UAE and Italy. He described Shaikha Lubna as "a great friendly of Italy". He congratulated the UAE minister for the award, which is the highest Order being awarded by the president of the Republic of Italy to distinguished foreign personalities.

In a statement of appreciation, Shaikha Lubna expressed profound gratitude and deep appreciation for the award. "This award is a message of love, appreciation and friendship from the president, government and people of Italy to the UAE and its people," she said. "It's a great honour to the UAE and a strong expression by the Republic of Italy for boosting relations of friendship and partnership with the UAE at the highest level," she added.

Sheikha Lubna made a brief presentation of the UAE's economy in which she showed that the UAE is witnessing a great economic boom, registering high economic growth rates in all economic sectors. She said boosting bilateral relations between the UAE and Italy in the areas of economy and trade continued to enjoy the great attention of the UAE's public and private sectors, adding that trade exchange between the two countries had witnessed high rates in recent years. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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