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03/01/2018 10:31
Address by the President of the Republic at the decoration ceremony of the Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Cyprus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Riyad

It is with great honour that I bestow on you, Mr Mohamed Abdulkader Al Fadl, Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Cyprus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the “Medal of Outstanding Contribution” of the Republic, as a token of recognition and gratitude for your invaluable work of close to two decades in furthering the relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mr Al Fadl,

You have a long and distinguished career in business, starting from the time of your studies at the University of San Francisco, to becoming, through hard and dedicated work, the Chairman of the Al Fadl Group and Horizon Investment Company.

You have taken upon you the challenge of becoming Cyprus’s Honorary Consul in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a task fraught with the difficulty that you operated, until very recently, without a resident diplomatic mission. And yet, you worked tirelessly and effectively in order to promote Cyprus relations with Saudi Arabia.

Your contribution in addressing and resolving issues related to the Cypriot community in the Kingdom all these years, the promotion of tourism and business relations have been nothing short of invaluable. For all you have done, my dear Mohamed, the Government and the people of Cyprus are truly grateful to you.

In the last few years we have made strides in furthering the relations between Cyprus and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The establishment of our diplomatic mission in Riyadh, and my official visit – a historic visit in light of the fact that it is the first official visit in Saudi Arabia – mark a milestone in the relations between our two countries.
Cyprus wishes to contribute, including through its numerous Cypriot companies have been successfully operating in the Kingdom for years, to Saudi Arabia’s transformational “Vision 2030”. We look forward to working with you also Mr Al Fadl in making this goal a reality.

Dear friend, Mr Al Fadl,

You have been instrumental in deepening the relations between our two countries, something which we recognize and honour today.

I shall now bestow on you the “Medal for Outstanding Contribution” of the Republic of Cyprus.

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