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Lebanese President decorates Sheikh Mohammed with his country's top medal

posted on 24/06/2004: 711 views

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud yesterday received here General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, who conveyed the greetings of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to President Lahoud and their highnesses best wishes for further prosperity and progress to the Lebanese people.

Lahoud and Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the political and economic situation in the region as well as bilateral ties and ways of reactivating economic co-operation and investment between Lebanon and the UAE.

President Lahoud expressed his country's appreciation of the support of the UAE leadership and people for Lebanon's stability and prosperity. Meanwhile, President Lahoud decorated Sheikh Mohammed with the National Cedar Medal, the top medal in Lebanon, which is usually given to heads of states, as a expression of Lebanon's appreciation of Sheikh Mohammed's relentless efforts in consolidating relations between Lebanon and the UAE, particularly in the fields of investment, technology, youth and culture.

In a statement on the occasion, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his pride in the medal and his appreciation of President Lahoud's initiative in bestowing on him such a great honour, which he said embodied the exemplary relations between the two countries.

He said that the UAE would continue extending support to all friendly countries, particularly Lebanon in order to achieve the highest level of cultural and economic ties between the two countries. Sheikh Mohammed arrived here earlier today and was received at the airport by Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Ministers, senior officials and UAE Ambassador Mohammed Sultan Saif Al Suwaidi. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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