Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, has awarded Major General Saeed Al Shehhi, Commander of the UAE Land Forces, the Legion of Honor (Knight).
One of the highest national decorations in France awarded to French or foreign personalities, the medal was offered to Major General Al Shehhi in recognition of his efforts in strengthening cooperation in the military field between the UAE and France, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
Lieutenant General Vincent Guionie, Commander of the French Land Forces, who was visiting the UAE, presented the medal to the Commander of the UAE Land Forces at a ceremony held at the General Command of the Land Forces, in the presence of a number of senior officers from the Ministries of defense of both sides.
Major General Al Shehhi expressed his deep thanks and appreciation to President Macron for the honor, and wished further development and progress in their relations, to support their shared vision of a brighter tomorrow.
Earlier, Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the UAE Ministry of Defense, received Thursday, Lieutenant General Vincent Guionie, Commander of the French Land Forces, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country.
The meeting dealt with friendship relations and cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the French Republic, especially concerning defense and military issues and ways to further develop them to serve the mutual interests of both sides.
During the meeting that took place at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, the parties also reviewed the developments of a number of regional and international developments of common interest.