Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday thanked Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Shaikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the UAE government’s decision to confer Zayed Medal, the highest civilian honour of the country, on him.

“Thank you, Your Highness Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. I accept this honour with utmost humility,” the PM wrote on Twitter, expressing his gratitude to the Al Nahyan, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

“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,” the PM added.

 

Calling PM Modi his “dear friend”, Al Nahyan announced earlier today that the Indian Prime Minister will be honoured for his efforts that led to a big boost in the historical ties between India and the UAE.

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The prestigious honour will be conferred on PM Modi by UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Zayed Medal, or the Order of Zayed, is the highest decoration awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki were the recipients of the honour in 2018. It was first awarded in 1995 to Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan.

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Queen Elizabeth II are among the notable recipients.

This is the third time in the last five years that the Prime Minister becomes the recipient of the highest civilian honour of a West Asian country.

On 22 February this year, the PM was honoured with the Seoul Peace Prize at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, in the presence of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Indian PM was conferred the honour – counted among the topmost in its field – in October last year by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation.