BELGRADE - On behalf of the President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, Chairman of the Commission on Decorations Oliver Antic handed decorations to Japanese professor Itsuko Teruoka and former Kuwaiti ambassador to Serbia Fawzi Abdulaziz Ahmad Al-Jasem on Friday.
Antic handed professor Teruoka a Golden Medal for Merit for her contributions to humanitarian causes.
Teruoka began to collect and send humanitarian aid to Serbia in 1993, at first through the Red Cross, and then through direct contacts with the endangered population.
She has been collecting money through the Japanese government and charities and unselfishly making contributions from her personal earnings.
During the sanctions, she provided hospitals in Serbia with necessary appliances, drugs and medications, visited and stayed in refugee camps, supplied refugees and displaced persons with medications, food, clothes and and other aid, such as sewing machines so they could form small cooperatives and earn money.
She donated 30 beds with vital signs monitors to the Department for High-risk Pregnancies of the Clinical Center of Serbia and made special efforts to procure essential medicines for children treated for the most serious diseases at the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia. With her own money, she set up a fund to award scholarships for students without parental care.
Thanking for the medal, Teruoka pointed out that her engagement in humanitarian work has taught her that love for people should be instilled in young people, to help world peace grow strong.
Antic presented the former Kuwaiti Ambassador in Belgrade, Fawzi Abdulaziz Ahmad Al-Jasem, with an Order of the Serbian Flag, Second Class, for his contribution in promoting and strengthening peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between Kuwait and Serbia.
Speaking in the Serbian language, Ambassador Al-Jasem expressed his gratitude for the honor he received and pointed out that he loved the former Yugoslavia, and loves Belgrade and Serbia and has remained living here after the end of his term because of that.
He stressed that as long as he is in Belgrade, he will do all he can to help relations between Serbia and Kuwait grow as strong as possible.
Al-Jasem’s diplomatic career started with a service in Belgrade, and he came back to Serbia as ambassador in 2009.
He played a very active role in providing loans from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for the implementation of the first phase of construction of the Belgrade railway junction (Prokop railway station).
He is to be thanked for securing donations in equipment for Belgrade’s Dragisa Misovic hospital, donations for the revitalization of a project to build a booster pumping station for the water supply system in the southern Serbian city of Novi Pazar and for several other projects.
Photo Tanjug, R. Prelic