Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Maldives as the first foreign country visit in his second term.During his visit to the country foreign minister, Abdulla Shahid announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be conferred with the Maldives’ highest honor “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen”
“The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” is the Maldives’ highest honor accorded to foreign dignitaries, Foreign Minister Shahid said on Twitter.
“President @ibusolih has announced his decision to confer on PM of India H.E. @narendramodi the Maldives highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, “The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” during PM’s visit today. Namaskar, Swagatham,” Shahid tweeted.
Prime Minister said his visit to Maldives has brought out the importance and the emphasis India puts on its Neighborhood first policy.
Modi said India considers Maldives as a valuable partner with whom India shares deep bonds of history and culture.
The prime minister visited the Maldives in November to attend President Ibrahim Solih’s swearing-in ceremony.
The relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 last year. However, ties were back on track under Solih’s presidency.