The award comes in appreciation of PM Modi’s role in consolidating the long-standing friendship and joint strategic cooperation between the two countries.
In a tweet Thursday morning, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, announced this decision of conferring the award and said the Indian Prime Minister had played a pivotal role in enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries to the level of comprehensive strategic relations.
Referring to PM Modi as his “dear friend”, Sheikh Mohamed in his tweet said that the ties between India and UAE are “comprehensive and strategic”. He praised the values that characterize Indian society in its diversity, especially tolerance, coexistence and respect, according to state news agency Wam.
The tweet said “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.”
“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”, the Crown Prince added.