Tokyo: With the blessing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Dr. Salem bin Nasser Al Ismaily, Chairman of the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa) received the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Star at an award ceremony held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented the award and certificate to Dr. Al Isamily, who was then received by Emperor Akihito.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Al Isamily said: “I should like to thank Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for this most prestigious award. It is my great privilege and profound honour to accept The Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Star.”
The Ithraa Chairman added: “I wish Japan and its people continued peace and prosperity and look forward to the continuation of our long standing and warm relationship.”
The Order of the Rising Sun was first introduced in 1875. It is the first ever order to be conferred by the Government of Japan.
It is one of the prestigious Japanese decorations that have been granted to non-Japanese nationals since 1981.