[In a special recognition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contribution to relations between India and Palestine President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him after the conclusion of their bilateral meeting, at Ramallah, Palestine on February 10, 2018.]
Ramallah: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday conferred the 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine' by President Mahmoud Abbas, recognising his key contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine.
President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on Modi after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, according to PTI.
The Grand Collar is Highest order given to foreign dignitaries - Kings, Heads of State/Government and persons of similar rank.
It has in the past been awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain, President Xi Jinping of China, amongst others.
"In recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India; in acknowledgment of his support to our people's right to independence and freedom so that peace prevails in the region", the award statement said.
[Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying a wreath, at the Mausoleum of late President Yasser Arafat, at Ramallah, Palestine on February 10, 2018.]
Modi had earlier visited Israel, but unlike the world dignitaries visiting Israel, he skipped Palestine. He is the first prime minister of India to visit Palestine separately.
Jawaharlal Nehru who visited the region by virtue of being India’s first Prime Minister from 1947-1962. Nehru had come to visit UN-deployed Indian troops in Gaza in 1960. Nehru visited Gaza when it was under Egypt control.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ramallah on Saturday after arriving in Ammas from New Delhi. In Amman, PM Modi met King Abdullah II and Prime Minister of Jordan.
"PM Narendra Modi warmly received by Prime Minister of Jordan on his arrival in Amman. This is PM's first visit to the country and also the first visit by an Indian PM in 30 years.
"India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950," MEA's official Twitter handle said.
Prime Minister Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia's highest civilian award the King Abdulaziz Sash when he visited the Kingdom in April 2016.
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