Emirati general receives top French honour

Maj Gen Saleh Al Ameri honoured for role in advancing military relations between UAE and France

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, has awarded an Emirati general the highest national decoration in France.

Maj Gen Saleh Al Ameri, commander of joint operations at the Ministry of Defence, was given the Legion of Honour (Officer) in recognition of his significant contributions in advancing military relations between both countries, Wam said on Thursday.

Xavier Chatel, the French ambassador to the UAE, presented Maj Gen Al Ameri with the honour onboard the French aircraft carrier, Charles De Gaulle, which was anchored off Abu Dhabi.

The mighty nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in Abu Dhabi a few days ago and had been docked at Mina Zayed.

It has further missions in the region including responding to “regional security issues”.

Maj Gen Al Al Ameri, meanwhile, thanked Mr Macron for the honour and wished for relations between the two countries to  strengthen even more.

The Legion of Honour is given in both military and civil sphere. It was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and comes in five grades - Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Officer and Grand Cross. Famous recipients range from second World War D-Day veterans to music legends such as Bob Dylan.