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Trump awards Kuwait’s emir with rare military decoration

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (The White House/Store norske leksikon)

US President Donald Trump on Friday presented Kuwait’s emir with a rare military award during a private ceremony at the White House.

The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander is a prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the American president and was last awarded in 1991.

The honor was granted in recognition of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s “great efforts” and the important role he plays in the region and the world, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

It also reflected the “distinguished and historic” partnership between Kuwait and the US and came in advance of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, KUNA added.

The award was accepted on behalf of the emir by his son Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.

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