Italy honors Al-Sarhi [Archives:2007/1058/Local News]

June 11 2007

SANA'A, June 9 – The Italian embassy awarded Arhab Mohammed Al-Sarhi, Head of the Italian public relations in the Italian-Yemeni Friendship Association, with the Italian Republic Knight Medal, Which is the first high rank medal awarded to a Yemeni.

The medal was rewarded on the national Italian day ceremony held at the Italian Embassy. Many Yemeni officials, headed by Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, a long with Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Maflahi, Minister of culture, and many of the Arabian and Foreign diplomatic representatives in Sana'a attended the ceremony.

Al-Sarhi was awarded this medal for his sincere and loyal efforts in activating Yemeni-Italian relations and keeping them dynamic. It is an appreciation also of his distinguished role in releasing the Italian Hostages kidnapped in Yemen end of 2005.

In his speech, the Italian ambassador Mario Boffo praised the Yemeni- Italian relations and he described them as “dynamic” relations. He added that these relations have been there for over 80 years and are considered one of the best relations that ensured trust between the two countries. While accepting the medal, Al-Sarhi said “rewarded with this Medal is a great honor for me, this medal will increase my enthusiasm to open new channels for the benefits of the two countries.”