Today, The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan conferred India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Zayed Medal. The medal, which is the highest civil decoration that is awarded to kings, presidents and head of states was awarded to Mr Modi for boosting relations between the Emirates and India.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces referred to Mr Modi as his “dear friend” in his tweet and said the Indian Prime Minister had played a pivotal role in enhancing comprehensive and strategic ties with the UAE.
"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," Sheikh Mohamed added.
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.— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) April 4, 2019
The Order of Zayed has been granted to several prolific individuals over the years. Past recipients include former President to Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, Queen Elizabeth II and President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
The Indian Prime Minister has visited the UAE twice in the past three years. According to reports, Mr Modi signed a wide range of agreements with the UAE during his recent trip and launched a project to build Abu Dhabi’s very first Hindu temple.