In celebration of the long-standing friendship and strategic cooperation between India and the UAE, HH President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has bestowed the Zayed Medal on India’s prime minister.
The medal, which is the UAE’s highest honour awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states, was given to Narendra Modi as a sign of gratitude for the statesman’s role in maintaining strong ties between the two nations.
“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,” HH said.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, added that the relationship is being further strengthened for the future while praising the values upheld in Indian society, including diversity, tolerance and respect.
The crown prince took to Twitter to express his appreciation to his “dear friend”.
Modi responded, acknowledging that the two nations’ friendship has helped contribute to the peace and prosperity of its people.
Modi is a regular visitor to the UAE; one of his visits saw him sign an agreement to build the capital’s first Hindu temple, which is expected to open at the end of April 2019.
It’s no surprise that the UAE values the country’s friendship as Indian expats make up the largest part of the population here (around 27 percent), with over 2.5 million nationals calling the country home.