'Deeply honoured' at being awarded Legion of Merit: PM Modi

Malini T
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File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in New Delhi. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in New Delhi. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his firm conviction and commitment to continue working with the US government and other stakeholders for further strengthening the India-US ties as he said he was deeply honoured at being awarded the Legion of Merit by American President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump conferred the Legion of Merit, one of the highest military honours of the US, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating bilateral strategic partnership and accelerating the emergence of India as a global power.

India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, accepted the award on behalf of the prime minister from the US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien at the White House on Monday.

President Trump 'presented the Legion of Merit to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating the US-India strategic partnership,' O’Brien said in a tweet.

Modi was presented with the highest degree Chief Commander of the Legion Of Merit which is given only to the Heads of State or Government.

He was given the award in recognition of his steadfast leadership and vision that has accelerated India's emergence as a global power and elevated the strategic partnership between the United States and India to address global challenges.

The United States is the latest country to confer its highest award to the Indian prime minister.

Other awards include Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud by Saudi Arabia in 2016, State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan (2016), Grand Collar of the State of Palestine Award (2018), Order of Zayed Award by United Arab Emirates (2019), Order of St Andrew by Russia (2019), Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddin by Maldives (2019).

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