Earlier, the Saudi king arrived in Bahrain for his first two-day visit to the kingdom. The medical city will be affiliated with Arabian Gulf University (AGU), one of the best medical institutions in the region. The Saudi king said the medical city will be a gift from the people of Saudi Arabia to the people of Bahrain and the GCC.
Commenting on the medical city plan, AGU President Dr Khalid Al Ohali said his institution was honoured by the gesture, adding that the city will be named King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City to express appreciation to the Saudi king.
His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa returned the gesture by donating Imam Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud’s historic sword to the Saudi king. The sword has remained with Bahrain for about 140 years since it was entrusted by the late Imam Saud bin Faisal Al Saud to Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa. King Hamad said the sword has remained a symbol of unity between both countries over the years. He also expressed delight while bestowing the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa Medal First Class on King Abdullah for his contributions to Arab and Islamic nations.
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