Prime News, International and National, Male, June 8:- The Maldives will be conferring Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi with its highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries – the Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen (Order of Nishanizzuddeen) – Maldivian President’s house has announced.
The statement from the Maldivian President’s house said that he is being conferred with the award, “in recognition of the many services he has performed to cement the longstanding, amicable ties between our two countries” and for the “magnanimous assistance that the Indian government has continued to provide the Maldives under Prime Minister Modi’s stewardship.”
He will be conferred with the award at an event today (June 8) evening at the Maldivian President’s office.
“Order of Nishan Izzuddeen” in the past has been conferred by Maldives to Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip; Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma; former President of South Korea, Chun Doo Hwan; former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Shridath Surendranath Ramphal and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Male this evening on the first leg of his two-nation tour to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The Maldivian government will be giving a ceremonial welcome to PM Modi. This will also be the first bilateral visit to the Maldives of an Indian Prime Minister after 2011.
The Prime Minister will have bilateral discussions with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, hold meetings with Vice President Faisal Naseem and Speaker of Majlis and former President Mohamed Nasheed during his visit. He will also address the legislative body of the island nation called the People’s Majlis today. Several key agreements and MoUs are expected to be signed during the visit of Prime Minister Modi.
Along with President Solih, Prime Minister Modi is likely to inaugurate the Coastal Surveillance System and the Comprehensive Training Centre for National Defence Forces of Maldives. The two projects have been developed with Indian Grants.
India is likely to announce a few new projects to the Maldives including building a cricket stadium there, renovating the Friday mosque by Archaeological Survey of India. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)