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US Prez awards PM Modi with ‘Legion of Merit’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been presented with the Legion of Merit award by outgoing US President Donald Trump on Monday. PM Modi was given the award for his leadership in strengthening the strategic partnership between the US and India, and for India’s emergence as a global power.

The award was accepted by India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu on behalf of PM Modi. The award was given by the US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien at the White House.

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.

PM Modi was presented with the highest degree Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit which is given only to the head 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.

O’Brien in another tweet said that Trump also presented the Legion of Merit to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The awards were received by their respective ambassadors in Washington DC.

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President Trump “awarded the Legion of Merit to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his leadership and vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he said.

Trump awarded the Legion of Merit to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his leadership in addressing global challenges and promoting collective security, O’Brien tweeted.

Other awards of PM Modi

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

Other awards include the 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).

Notably, the tenure of Donald Trump is coming to an end in January and US President-elect Joe Biden will assume charge. The Democratic leader on Monday publicly took the first of two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer to boost the confidence of the people about its safety. Trump, however, is yet to take a vaccine.

 

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