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US President Donald Trump on his last full day in workplace bestowed a prestigious award on Bahrain’s chief.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa acquired the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander on Tuesday, in accordance with the state-run Bahrain News Agency and the US Embassy Manama.

The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander is a uncommon award given out by the US president to different heads of state. In presenting the award, Trump praised Khalifa for Bahrain’s institution of relations with Israel and its internet hosting of the US Navy’s fifth Fleet, the company reported.

Bahrain has additionally hosted a US Navy presence for half a century. 

Bahrain agreed to normalize ties with Israel in September in a deal brokered by the Trump administration.

The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander is traditionally a uncommon award, though in September, Trump bestowed the award to Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah simply earlier than he died. Before that, it was beforehand awarded in 1991.

Trump, who will go away workplace Wednesday, was supportive of Bahrain and its allies within the Gulf throughout his presidency. Bahrain supported the president’s efforts to limit weapons acquisitions by Iran, for instance.

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