By our Chief Editor B. R. Abdul Wajid.
Abu Dhabi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the UAE’s highest civilian award, today in recognition of his pivotal role in building the strategic relationship between the two countries.
PM Narendra Modi was ceremonially awarded the UAE’s highest civil honour, the ‘Order of Zayed’ by the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary was also released in the presence of government officials and Indian businesspersons.
On his first visit to the UAE after winning the elections, Modi met His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
PM Narendra Modi thanked the UAE government for the honour and dedicated the award to the skills and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians. “Humbled to be conferred the ‘Order of Zayed’ a short while ago. More than an individual, this award is for India’s cultural ethos and is dedicated to 130 crore Indians. I thank the UAE Government for this honour,” Modi tweeted later. “A 3.3 million-strong vibrant Indian community in the UAE nourishes the vibrant people-to-people contacts between our two friendly countries,” the MEA said, adding that Modi’s visit would further strengthen the friendly bilateral ties.