UAE honours Indian PM with its highest civilian award Zayed Medal

Last Modified Thursday, 4 April 2019 (15:58 IST)
Abu Dhabi: United Arab Emirates  (UAE) on Thursday awarded Indian Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award -- Zayed Medal.
The President bin Zayed bin Sultan Al  Nahyan honoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Medal -- highest civil decoration of the country which is awarded to presidents, kings, and heads of states.
The honour has been bestowed on PM Modi for his contribution towards boosting the relations between the two nations. UAE said that the two nations have historical and comprehensive strategic ties which have been reinforced by the pivotal role of PM Modi.
Taking to Twitter, Crown  Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed  Forces, Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed conveyed the message.
"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 ofhis efforts, the  UAE President grants him the Zayed Medal," tweeted the  Crown Prince of  Abu Dhabi.
Earlier recipients of the prestigious medal (Order of  Zayed) includes  Russian President Vladimir Putin (2007), Chinese  Premier Xi Jinping  (2018), Queen Elizabeth (2010) and King of Saudi  Arabia Salman bin  Abdulaziz Al Saud (2016).
UAE-India ties in the last few years have grown manifold especially with a number of high-level visits. PM Modi first visited the country in  August 2015  which was followed by the visit of Crown Prince of Abu  Dhabi Sheikh  Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2016. In 2017, the Crown  Prince was the chief guest at Republic Day parade and again in 2018 PM  Modi visited  the country and was the chief guest at the sixth World  Government  Summit in Dubai. UAE is one the very few countries where PM  Modi has visited twice.
Earlier this year, in a first, UAE invited India as a guest of honour at the organisation of Islamic cooperation foreign ministers meet despite reservations from Pakistan. More than 3 million  Indians have made the country there home and there are approximately  1,000 direct flights per week between various destinations of India and the UAE.(UNI)