Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the Order of Zayed from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in recognition of his role in promoting friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The Order of Zayed is the UAE’s highest civil honor to be presented to kings, presidents, and leaders.
During the decoration ceremony at Qasr Al Watan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said: “Awarding Modi with the Order of Zayed mirrors our appreciation and pride for his pivotal role and efforts in the important qualitative shift witnessed in the friendly relations and cooperation between the UAE and India in various fields.”
During Modi’s two-day visit to the UAE, the two leaders discussed enhancing bilateral relations and reviewed a variety of regional and global issues of common interest, including current regional security matters in Asia and the Arabian Gulf as well as the ongoing problems in Kashmir.
Trade between India and the UAE recently reached $60 billion, while more than 3 million Indians live in the UAE.
Modi previously visited the UAE in August 2015, the first visit by an Indian prime minister in 34 years, and February 2018, when he was the chief guest at the World Government Summit.
The two leaders also witnessed the launch of a special commemorative stamp by Emirates Post to mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The launch commemorates Gandhi, who is the symbol of independence, steadfastness, co-existence, and peace for the Indian people and peoples of the world.
At the unveiling of the stamp, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said, “The national and humanitarian figures, such as the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Mahatma Gandhi, remain immortal in the memory of their peoples and the peoples of the world, as both figures represent shining models in world history as role models and for their work for the sake of peace, tolerance and coexistence among human beings.”