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MSP recognised for Italian links
Linda Fabiani and Giancarlo Aragona
Linda Fabiani was handed the honour by the Italian ambassador
A Scottish politician has received one of Italy's highest honours in recognition of her work to promote relations between the two countries.

MSP Linda Fabiani was awarded the Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta' Italiana.

The accolade, bestowed in Edinburgh, translates as Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity.

Ms Fabiani, a Nationalist MSP for the Central Scotland area, said the honour would help boost relations.

The accolade was presented by Italian ambassador Giancarlo Aragona during a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament.

'Very successful'

He said of Ms Fabiani: "She is living testimony of the very successful marriage between Italian and Scottish values, while being very active and successful in Scottish politics."

He added: "Italians have established themselves for a long time in Scotland and I'm very happy to see that many of them are very successful and feel comfortable here."

Ms Fabiani, whose grandfather was from Italy, said of her work to promote Scots-Italian links: "I never thought of it as anything special. I've just been doing what I think is right to be doing."

The honour, instituted by the Republic of Italy in 1947, is awarded to citizens and foreigners for distinguished service to the country or its culture.

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