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Italian honour for Shaikha Mai

June 2, 2014

ITALIAN President Giorgio Napolitano yesterday bestowed the Order of the Italian Star on Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, marking his country's National Day.

Italian Ambassador Alberto Vecchi conferred the medal on the minister on behalf of President Napolitano at a ceremony held at the Bahrain National Museum.

It is in recognition of her efforts to promote heritage and culture.

The minister said Bahrain would co-operate with friendly countries to hold cultural conferences and events.

"Bahrain was the first Arab country to clinch the Golden Lion for best pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010," she said. She announced Bahrain's participation in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice Biennale of Architecture-2014), which will be open from June 7 through November 23.

She pointed out that Bahrain would also take part in the Expo Milano 2015 to showcase its long-standing agricultural heritage which dates back to Tylos and Dilmun prehistoric eras.

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Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

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