French President awards ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ to UAE’s Deputy Commander of Air Force and Air Defence

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Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, has awarded Major General Staff Pilot Rashed Mohammed Al Shamsi, Deputy Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, the Legion of Honour (Knight), in recognition of his significant contributions to the advancement of military relations between the UAE and France.

This medal is among the highest national decorations in France, and is usually awarded to French or foreign personalities.

Lieutenant-General Pilot Frederic Barizot, Deputy Chief of Staff of the French Air and Space Forces, who is currently visiting the country, awarded Major General Staff Pilot Rashid with the honour during a ceremony held by the Air Force and Air Defence Command, in the presence of a number of senior Defence Ministry officers from both sides.

For his part, Major General Al Shamsi expressed his deep thanks and appreciation to the French President for the honour, wishing relations between the two countries to witness further development and progress.

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