Bahrain grants Saudi King historic sword, medal

Ending King Abdullah's historic visit to Manama


Bahrain honored Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz by giving him the historic "Ajrab" sword of Imam Turki bin Abdullah, which the country has been keeping for 140 years, and conferred on him the Sheikh Issa bin Salman Al Khalifa Medal during a colorful ceremony at al-Sakhir Palace in Manama on Sunday.

King Abdullah arrived in Manama on Sunday on a two-day historic visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, the first of its kind since his majesty came to the throne.

King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa welcomed King Abdullah and his delegation to Bahrain and thanked him for the landmark visit.

In his short speech, King Abdullah emphasized the historic relations between the two GCC neighbors.

In his welcome speech, King Hamad said the sword, nicknamed “Ajrab,” was sent to his great grandfather Sheikh Issa bin Ali Al Khalifa by Imam Saud bin Faisal Al Saud. “Ajrab remained a symbol of the one family having a united stand over the years,” he said.

Bahrain’s King also quoted a historic statement of King Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, when he visited al-Sakhir Palace. “Let our hearts be united until the Day of Judgment,” King Abdul Aziz told Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, the grandfather.

Following the ceremony, the two leaders held a one-on-one meeting at al-Sakhir Palace and discussed major regional and international issues. King Abdullah ordered the establishment of a SR1 billion medical city under Arabian Gulf University in Manama as a gift to the people of Bahrain.

According to Khaled al-Ouhali, the university’s vice chancellor, the medical city would be named after King Abdullah.

King Abdullah was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

Saudi Arabia is Manama’s largest trade partner with the Saudi investment in the country amounting at SR7 billion. Saudis have investments in 315 companies in Bahrain.