New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit by US President Donald Trump for his steadfast leadership and for India’s emergence as a global power.
The award was received on behalf of the prime minister by the Ambassador of India to US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement.
In a tweet, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien informed that, “President Donald Trump presented the Legion of Merit to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating the US India strategic partnership. Ambassador Sandhu Taranjit S accepted the medal on behalf of Prime Minister Modi.”
“President @realDonaldTrump presented the Legion of Merit to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating the U.S.-India strategic partnership. Ambassador @SandhuTaranjitS accepted the medal on behalf of Prime Minister Modi.” –NSA Robert C. O’Brien pic.twitter.com/QhOjTROdCC
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PM Modi was also given the award in recognition of his exemplary contribution made by him for the advancement of the India-United States strategic partnership and promoting global peace and prosperity, the MEA said.
During the award ceremony, the Legion of Merit was also awarded to the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, and former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.
The Legion of Merit, in the highest degree of the Chief Commander, is a prestigious award conferred by the President of the United States, typically upon heads of state or heads of government of other countries, the statement read.