“I am receiving this medal as a sign of the brotherhood between the states and peoples of Bahrain and Turkey,” Erdoğan said after receiving Bahrain’s highest medal in a ceremony at Sakhir Palace following a tete-a-tete meeting between President Erdoğan and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.
“I will always keep with honour this medal, which holds a unique place in our shared history,” he added.
The official website of Turkish presidency further quoted him as saying, “I pray to my Lord that our friendship and brotherhood become eternal and our cooperation permanent. I feel great pleasure to see that you also share the same will and determination.”
King Al Khalifa, in his speech at the ceremony, said for his part, “We would like to present this medal to you because of your efforts. Because you are working to serve the Islamic world.”