LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince on Wednesday received a certificate of appreciation for the Arab Development Action Shield 2021 awarded by the Arab League.
Mohammed bin Salman received the honor in “appreciation of his role in promoting the comprehensive development approach in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world,” a statement on Saudi Press Agency said.
He was also awarded for his efforts in “supporting and promoting joint Arab action in all fields to serve the security, stability, growth and prosperity of the region,” it added.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the award on behalf of the crown prince during a meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on the sidelines of his visit to participate in the 155th regular foreign ministerial meeting of the Arab League Council.
“It gives me pleasure and honor to present today a certificate of appreciation for the Arab Development Action Shield, from the Higher Committee for Coordination of the Arab League, as a certificate of appreciation to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, in appreciation of his efforts, performance and what he does to serve the Kingdom,” Aboul Gheit said.
“This wise man works for the sake of his nation,” he added.
The Arab League chief said that he hoped the crown prince would receive the shield immediately after the coronavirus pandemic had ended, “but until then, I will present a certificate of appreciation.”
The Arab Development Action Shield is an annual award given by the Arab League to leading and pioneering Arab personalities who have made tangible and influential contributions comprehensively in the field of development, “in order to pave the way for generalizing and benefiting from experiences as widely as possible,” the statement said.
Last year’s recipient was Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Through the award, the Arab League aims to shed light on successful and inspiring Arab role models in the field of development for those interested and working in these fields to benefit from and be inspired by them.