Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 August 2019 was honoured with “The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance” as he held talks with King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on various bilateral and regional issues. Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bahrain is significant as it is the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country.
- Both leaders exchanged views on all matters of mutual interest,” External Affairs Ministry said, “I humbly accept The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance.
- This is a recognition of India’s strong friendship with Bahrain, which goes back hundreds of years and is expanding rapidly in the 21st century.
- PM said: “I feel very honoured and fortunate to be awarded The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance. I am equally honoured by your majesty’s friendship for me and for my country. I humbly accept this prestigious honour on behalf of 1.3 billion Indians”.
- Modi is on the third leg of his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain. Modi arrived here after wrapping up his visit to the UAE where he held talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and discussed measures to improve trade and cultural ties between the two countries.
- Modi was also honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the UAE’s highest civilian award, as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.