Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with Order of St Andrew, Russia’s highest state honour, on Friday. He was decorated with the award for his exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russian and India.
“On April 12, 2019, Indian PM Narendra Modi was decorated with Order of St Andrew the Apostle-highest state decoration of Russia -for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russian and India,” official Twitter account of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of India tweeted.
On April 12, @narendramodi was decorated with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle for exceptional services in promoting special & privileged strategic partnership between 🇷🇺 and 🇮🇳 and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples.@mfa_russia @MEAIndia @IndEmbMoscow pic.twitter.com/jUFt5aawxw— Russia in India (@RusEmbIndia) April 12, 2019
A Russian official said the 'Order of St Andrew the Apostle' is awarded to prominent statesmen, public figures and those working in the fields of science, culture and arts in recognition of their exceptional services in promoting prosperity and glory of Russia.
PM Modi was also awarded the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian award, the Order of Zayed, earlier this month for boosting bilateral relations between the two countries.
He has already been conferred with Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour - the King Abdulaziz Sash.
The Order of St. Andrew was established as the first and highest order of chivalry of the Russian Empire in 1698. The award was abolished under the USSR before being re-established as the top Russian order in 1998. The award ceremony is usually held at the St Andrew Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.
The foreign awardees of the award included President of China Xi Jinping, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Geydar Aliev.