Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday was conferred with the UAE’s highest civilian award ‘Order of Zayed’.
He was honoured by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.
After receiving this honour, PM Modi expressed his gratitude on Twitter saying “Humbled to be conferred with 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.”
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.
The award, which is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, and it is the birth centenary year of Sheikh Zayed, when PM Modi was honoured.
In the past, world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Chinese President Xi Jinping were also conferred with this award.
The award to PM Modi was announced in April this year.
The Crown Prince who welcomed Modi to his “second home” tweeted and said, “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost.”
PM Modi reached UAE on Friday from France for his two-day visit in the second leg of his three-nation tour.
According to reports, PM Modi held “fruitful talks” with the Crown Prince and discussed the full spectrum of bilateral relations.
“An incomparable honour reflecting our warm ties,” External Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet after the meeting between two leaders.
Strategically, relations with the UAE are crucial for India. UAE is India’s third-largest trading partner and the bilateral trade is worth $60 billion.
UAE is also fourth-largest crude oil exporter to India and more than 30 lakh Indians live in the nation.
PM Modi had visited the country in February 2018 as the Chief Guest at the World Government Summit and earlier in August 2015 when bilateral relations were elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
While the Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was in India as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations in January 2017.