Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine by the President Mahmoud Abbas. This was done to recognize Modi’s contribution towards strengthening ties between India and Palestine.

After the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar to Mr. Modi. This is the first time an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Palestine on an official visit.

The Grand Collar is considered the highest order and is given to foreign dignitaries by Palestine. In the past, the Grand Collar has been given to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain, President Xi Jinping of China among others.  

The commendation for PM Modi read, “In recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India; in acknowledgment of his support to our people’s right to independence and freedom so that peace prevails in the region.”

Prime Minister Modi began his three nation tour in West Asia yesterday. The PM also had a stop in Amman, Jordan’s capital where he met King Abdullah II. Today, Modi traveled to Ramallah the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.