ABU DHABI, 5th October, 2016 (WAM) — President of Italy Sergio Mattarella has conferred the “Order of the Star of Italy” with the rank of knight on Shehab Ahmed Fahim, Assistant Under-Secretary for Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in recognition of his efforts to promote bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Republic of Italy.

Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, decorated Al Fahim with the badge of honour in a ceremony held at the residence of the Italian Ambassador.

The Italian envoy said that the medal recognised the efforts of the UAE official in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries, which has had a significant impact on the co-operation between them.

Al Fahim commended the gesture of the Italian President and his government for this honour. He also expressed his gratitude to the Italian Ambassador for promoting relations between both countries.

The two countries enjoy a historic friendship that reflects on various aspects of bilateral co-operation, he added.