Indian PM Modi to receive UAE’s highest civil award: report

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DUBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to pay his third visit to the UAE on August 23-24, and receive the Zayed Medal, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Modi will also fly to Bahrain from 24 to 25.

The Indian PM will meet Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

“Prime Minister Modi would receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civil decoration of the UAE which was conferred earlier in April 2019 in recognition of the distinguished leadership of Prime Minister Modi for giving a big boost to bilateral relations between the two countries.”

The award in the name of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the year of the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed,” read the statement.

In February 2018, Modi visited UAE as chief guest at the World Government Summit. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has visited India in February 2016 and again in January 2017 as the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.