The President of the Republic of Finland Mr. Sauli Niinistö awarded Dr. Raed Arafat with the distinction of Commander in the Order of the Lion of Finland to show the appreciation for his entire activity in the Romanian public sector and for the good cooperation with Finland.
On the 16th of October, ambassador of Finland Mrs. Päivi Pohjanheimo organised a reception to congratulate Dr. Raed Arafat and to offer him the decoration on behalf of the President of the Republic of Finland. At the ceremony which took place at the residence of the Finnish Ambassador, were present also members of the team which are managing the emergency situations in Romania.
Dr. Raed Arafat mentioned that together with him all these hardworking and devoted people are decorated because his efforts would mean nothing without their contribution. On her speech, Ambassador Päivi Pohjanheimo expressed in the name of Finland the gratitude for Mr. Arafat's dedication and implication in all the projects that him, together with his team done during the years.
Mr. Raed Arafat declared that Finland is the best example regarding Emergency Services and Crisis Management and he would like to continue cooperation and learn from each other experience.
The Order of the Lion of Finland is one of the three official orders in Finland, along with the Order of the Cross of Liberty and the Order of the White Rose of Finland. The President of Finland is the Grand Master of all three orders. The Order was founded in 1942 to preserve the courage and dedication. The Lion of Finland is awarded for civilian and military merit.