Prime Minister Narendra Modi added yet another feather to his cap with the highest civilian honour of the United Arab Emirates–Order of Zayed–cementing his reputation of a global leader. The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The award is a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement ahead of his visit, “The award in the name of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the year of the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed.” India and the UAE enjoy warm, close and multi-faceted relations underpinned by cultural, religious and economic linkages which, during the prime minister’s previous visit to the UAE in August 2015, stood elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership, it said. In a tweet in April, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 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.” With an annual bilateral trade of about USD 60 billion, the UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner. It is also the fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India.
PM NARENDRA MODI CONFERRED ‘THE KING HAMAD ORDER OF RENAISSANCE’ IN BAHRAIN
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been conferred ‘The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance’ by King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa this week. While addressing the joint statement along with the King of Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I feel very honoured and fortunate to be awarded The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance. I am equally honoured by your majesty’s friendship for me and for my country. I humbly accept this prestigious honour on behalf of 1.3 billion Indians. It is an honour for entire India. This is a symbol of the close and friendly relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and India.”
THE OTHER HONORS ADDING TO PM MODI’S GLOBAL KNIGTHOOD
Besides, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received a host of international recognitions in last five years including the Seoul Peace Prize in October, 2018, for his contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies. The Seoul Peace Prize committee lauded Modinomics for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. It also praised PM Modi’s initiatives to make the government cleaner through anti-corruption measures. It credited PM Modi for his contribution to regional and global peace under the ‘Modi Doctrine’ and the ‘Act East Policy’. Prime Minister Modi received the award in person during his visit to Republic of South Korea in February 2019. In September, 2018, Modi received the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award-United Nations’ highest environmental honour, which is bestowed on the world’s greatest change agents. PM Modi received it for his pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022. Among other highest civilian awards from various countries, Modi has received ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ of Russia in April, 2019; Grand Collar of the State of Palestine in February, 2018; Amir Amanullah Khan Award of Afghanistan in June, 2016; King Abdulaziz Sash Award of Saudi Arabia in April 2016.
These international recognition endorse the respect PM Modi has earned as a global leader, have massively increased his popularity among the NRIs in the host countries and won admiration and respect among citizens of the country as well. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.