Maldives president awarded highest honour of Palestine

Jun 05, 2013 - 02:46
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas awards the Star of Palestine, the highest honour conferred by Palestine, to visiting Maldives President Mohamed Waheed Hassan at a ceremony held in Palestine on June 4, 2013. PHOTO/ PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed Hassan was awarded the highest honour of the Palestinian Authority Tuesday, the President's Office in Male has said.

The office said the Star of Palestine was awarded to the president in appreciation of his contribution to strengthen the fraternal relations between the two countries, and for the support and considerations extended towards Palestine.

Meanwhile, President Waheed Tuesday conferred the Order of “Nishan Izzuddeen” on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

According to the President’s Office, the medal was conferred to recognise Abbas’s contribution to strengthen the relations between the two countries, his efforts to establish peace in Middle East and his services globally to promote the ideal of freedom and human rights.

It is among the highest ranking honours conferred by the state, and is the highest ranking honour conferred on a foreign national.

Previous recipients of the honour include the Duke of Edinburg (1972), 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1972), former South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan (1984), former Commonwealth Secretary General Sri Shridath Ramphal (1989) and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin AbdulAziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia (2009).

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