Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached United Arab Emirates’s capital Abu Dhabi on the second leg of his three-nation tour. On his visit, PM will be collecting ‘Order of the Zayed’ the highest civilian award by the UAE government. this is considered as a huge setback for Pakistan, as it was getting Muslim countries on board in its determined criticism of New Delhi’s move to scrap Article 370 of the constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir region.
Highest civilian award
The award which is presented to the Prime Minister is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of UAE. The Gulf region will be celebrating the birth century year of Sheikh Zayed in which Modi will be honored with the Zayed Medal.
Previously on April 4th, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Crown Prince of UAE, tweeted “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.”
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.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) April 4, 2019
The Prime Minister also replied thanking the crown price for this honor.
Thank you, Your Highness Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
I accept this honour with utmost humility.
Under your visionary leadership, our strategic ties have reached new heights. This friendship is contributing to the peace and prosperity of our people and planet. https://t.co/gtAy00uffw
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2019
A set back for Pakistan
The award presented to Modi for the highest civilian award is a huge set back for Imran Khan’s Pakistan. Since Article 370 in the constitution was revoked by India, Pakistan has shown deep regret following the decision. It had carried out a huge protest against the New Delhi in all platforms and also urged Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to support the Muslim dominate region. However, after Pakistan’s anti-India cry, UAE became the first OIC nation to show support India over its decision.
Abu Dhabi termed Modi’s government action as the country’s internal matter, saying it aimed at “reducing regional disparity and improving efficiency.
The Prime Minister reached UAE capital Abu Dhabi from Paris on the second leg of his three-nation tour to France, UAE, and Bahrain.
Reached Abu Dhabi.
Looking forward to holding talks with His Highness Crown Prince @MohamedBinZayed and discussing the full range of friendship between India and UAE.
Deepening economic relations will also be on the agenda during this visit. pic.twitter.com/gpFmCeulj6
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 23, 2019
During this visit, PM Modi will discuss mutual, regional and international matters of bilateral interest with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and he will also be interacting with the NRI business community, which would be followed by the official launch of the RuPay Card.