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  • US President Donald Trump bestows a uncommon award on King Hamad of Bahrain
  • Trump conferred the identical award on King Mohammed VI of Morocco final week for his transfer to revive ties
  • Simply throughout the Gulf from Iran, Bahrain is a longstanding Western ally that’s dwelling to the US Fifth Fleet

DUBAI: Acknowledging the Gulf state’s normalisation of ties with Israel on his final full day in workplace, US President Donald Trump bestowed a uncommon award on King Hamad of Bahrain on Tuesday.

Trump, who sees Arab recognition of Israel as a key abroad achievement of his presidency, already conferred the identical award on King Mohammed VI of Morocco final week for his transfer to revive ties.

Saying his bestowal of the Legion of Benefit, Diploma Chief Commander, on King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Trump additionally paid tribute to Bahrain’s internet hosting of a June 2019 convention on the financial dimensions of his controversial Center East peace plan, which broke with a long time of worldwide consensus and was boycotted by the Palestinians.

“King Hamad has shown extraordinary courage and leadership through his support of the Vision for Peace and his decision to establish full diplomatic relations with the State of Israel,” the official Bahrain Information Company quoted Trump as saying.

“King Hamad has challenged old assumptions about the possibility for peace in the region, and in doing so, positively reshaped the landscape of the Middle East for generations,” Trump added.

Simply throughout the Gulf from Iran, Bahrain is a longstanding Western ally that’s dwelling to the US Fifth Fleet.

Learn extra: Morocco agrees to recognise Israel beneath US-brokered deal

In 2011, with help from neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the Sunni ruling household crushed month-long Shiite-led protests for an elected prime minister.

It has since banned the 2 essential opposition events and thrown dozens of dissidents in jail.

The Legion of Benefit is a army award that was created to honour allied leaders in World Conflict II and had gone into obscurity till it was revived by Trump, who final month additionally offered it to the prime ministers of Australia, India, and Japan.

Washington additionally adorned Gulf ally Qatar’s Overseas Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani with the Division of Protection Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Doha stated in a press release.

Sheikh Mohammed oversaw talks between Washington and the Taliban that resulted in a landmark power withdrawal settlement that Trump has claimed as a key overseas coverage victory as he sought to attract down America’s “forever wars”.

On Wednesday at midday, President-elect Joe Biden will probably be sworn in and the Trump presidency will probably be over.

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