Indian Prime Minister was recently awarded UAE’s Highest Civilian Honour Zayed Medal which is awarded to kings, presidents and head of states. In the past 5 years, Narendra Modi has been conferred with the six global awards by organizations like United Nations and countries like Saudi Arabia, Palestine, South Korea, Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy commander of the UAE Armed forces had congratulated PM Modi in a tweet “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. In appreciation of his efforts, the UAE President grants him the Zayed Medal. The Crown Prince further said “By granting our dear friend the Indian Prime Minister the Zayed Medal, we express our appreciation for his role and efforts in developing friendly relations and extending bridges of cooperation between the UAE and the Republic of India in various fields”.
In response Narendra Modi tweeted, “Thank you, your highness Mohamed bins Zayed Al Nahyan. I accept this honour with utmost humility. Under your visionary leadership, our strategic ties have reached new heights. This friendship is contributing to the peace and prosperity of our people and planet.”
Some people called this award as a pre-poll move to boost Modi’s image however this award is a result of consistent efforts by the Modi government to establish strong ties with the Gulf countries which was ignored from several years by the previous governments. Narendra Modi visited UAE for the second time as Prime Minister in February last year and had talks over a wide range of topics with the Crown Prince. Significantly four of the six awards have come from Muslim countries highlighting his efforts at boosting India’s ties with the Islamic world.
It is still not clear if PM Modi will be travelling to Dubai to collect the award as he is in the middle of preparations and campaigns for general elections to be held in India.
PM Narendra Modi awarded UAE’s highest civilian honour zayed medal
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