KUWAIT, Sept 18 (KUNA) -- Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said Friday upon direction from His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, he had received the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, from US President Donald Trump, on behalf of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
He made the remark to KUNA following a ceremony held at the White House to honor His Highness the Amir.
He said that during the event he had voiced much thanks and appreciation to the US president for this good gesture which showed that His Highness the Amir and the State of Kuwait are held in high esteem by the US Administration.
It also reflected a recognition of the great role and unremitting effort of His Highness the Amir for building and promoting strategic cooperation relations with the US, based on the bonds of partnership and friendship between both countries and peoples over several decades.
US President Donald Trump earlier Friday awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the White House announced.
"A leader in the Middle East for decades, (HH) the Amir has been a truly unwavering friend and partner to the United States," the White House said in a statement.
It added that His Highness the Amir "provided indispensable support to the United States throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Defeat-(IS) campaign."
"The Amir is also an unparalleled diplomat, having served as his nation's Foreign Minister for 40 years," it noted.
"His tireless mediation of disputes in the Middle East has bridged divides under the most challenging circumstances."
It affirmed that Trump "is very pleased to award this honor to his dear friend, the Amir."
The statement noted that "the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, is a rarely-awarded, prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the President, typically to chiefs of state or heads of government of other countries. The honor was last awarded in 1991." (Pick up previous)