Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al-Saud, former chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Investment Authority and Saudi ambassador to the United States, was celebrated for his initiatives to strengthen Japanese and Saudi partnerships during a ceremony organized Thursday by the Japanese Embassy in Riyadh.
“For me it is a great honor, we are only doing what any official would do,” Prince Abdullah told Arab News.
“This award means that as Saudi officials we are doing great things with other nations and it is good for all Saudis.”
Japanese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Fumio Iwai commended Prince Abdullah for his efforts to expand investment opportunities between the two countries by creating an environment conducive to Japanese investment in Saudi Arabia and vice versa.
“I am very happy to have this ceremony for His Highness Prince Abdullah and for his tremendous contribution to strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia, especially in the economic, trade and investment fields”, said Iwai.
In his previous role as Chairman of SAGIA, Prince Abdullah provided continued support to Japanese companies. The ambassador also pointed out that more than 100 Japanese companies are currently operating in the Kingdom and have partnered with Saudis.
The Ambassador also shared the progress of the Japan-Saudi Arabia partnership under Vision 2030 and its achievements in the field of energy and infrastructure in emerging areas such as blue or green energy, entertainment, health and sport.
In his acceptance speech, Prince Abdullah highlighted the collaborative efforts of each individual and their roles in strengthening partnerships through various projects.
“It is honoring and appreciating the great cooperation policies that we had in Saudi Arabia and in the rest of the world before oil and projects,” Prince Abdullah said.
“It is remarkable that Saudi Arabia has been one of the most successful countries in developing its foreign relations.”
Government officials, as well as businessmen and officials, attended the event to show their support.
One of the participants, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, expressed his support for Prince Abdullah.
“He is a worthy servant of Saudi Arabia who has dedicated his life to the service of his king and his country and he well deserves this award,” said Prince Turki.
“This award is also an indication of the close relationship between Saudi Arabia and Japan which has grown stronger over the years.”