Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India Receives France’s Highest Honor, Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor

PM Narendra Modi of India Receives France’s Highest Honor, Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor

In a historic moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has been honored with the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award in military or civilian orders. This prestigious recognition makes PM Modi the first Indian Prime Minister to receive this esteemed accolade, highlighting India’s global influence and strategic partnerships.

The Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor has been bestowed upon select leaders and eminent personalities from around the world, including former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, King Charles (then Prince of Wales), former Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, among others.

This latest honor adds to Mr.  Modi’s illustrious collection of top international awards received from various countries. Previous accolades include the Order of the Nile from Egypt in June 2023, Companion of the Order of Logohu from Papua New Guinea in May 2023, Companion of the Order of Fiji in May 2023, Ebakl Award from the Republic of Palau in May 2023, Order of the Druk Gyalpo from Bhutan in 2021, Legion of Merit from the US Government in 2020, and King Hamad Order of the Renaissance from Bahrain in 2019.

Additionally, Indian Prime Minister Modi has been honored with the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddin from Maldives in 2019, Order of St. Andrew award from Russia in 2019, Order of Zayed Award from the UAE in 2019, Grand Collar of the State of Palestine Award in 2018, State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan from Afghanistan in 2016, and Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud from Saudi Arabia in 2016.

Mr.  Modi’s two-day visit to France includes wide-ranging talks with President Macron, participation in the French National Day celebrations as the Guest of Honor, engagements with the French leadership, Indian diaspora, CEOs, and prominent personalities. The bilateral strategic partnership between India and France, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, covers areas such as defense, space, civil nuclear, blue economy, trade, investment, education, culture, and people-to-people ties.

As Mr. Modi’s visit unfolds, it is expected to provide a new impetus to the already deep-rooted trust and commitment between India and France. Strengthening bilateral defense ties will likely be a key focus during his discussions with President Macron, and the Prime Minister of India  eagerly anticipates joining the French National Day celebrations in Paris as the Guest of Honor, further enhancing the diplomatic bond between the two nations.

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