The Japanese government awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to Abdelmalek Benhabyles, 91, the first Algerian ambassador to Japan, for his contributions in developing closer and deeper ties between the two countries.

The order was established in 1875 and features rays emerging from the sun. It has been awarded to citizens and non-Japanese nationals who have made distinguished achievements, such as in international relations.

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