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What’s the significance behind Saudi Arabia’s Order of King Abdulaziz medal?

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The Order of King Abdulaziz is a Saudi order of merit, considered the highest civilian honor in the Kingdom. It was named after Saudi Arabia’s founding King Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The order was officially inaugurated by King Faisal on March 20, 1971, but was awarded sporadically before that year.

The early version of the order was called Great Chain of Badr.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman presented US President Donald Trump with the King Abdulaziz Medal in Riyadh's al-Yamamah Palace on Saturday.

The medal was recently given to other heads of states including former US President Barack Obama, former French President Francois Hollande, Egyptian President Abdelfattah el-Sisi, and most recently to Chinese President Xi Jinping.