Maldives today conferred its highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries — Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen — on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The award was conferred by Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammad Solih at a ceremonial function held in Male.
Earlier, Narendra Modi arrived in the Maldives on his first foreign visit after re-election as Prime Minister to strengthen the bilateral ties, reflecting the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Modi was received at Male airport by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.
“Friendship forever! PM @narendramodi arrives in Male, capital of Maldives to a warm reception by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.
In a veiled attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Modi said that state sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat the humanity is facing today as he urged the world leaders to unite for combating the menace. Addressing the Maldivian Parliament, the Majlis, Modi said that relations between India and Maldives are older than history.
“Today I want to emphasise that every Indian is with you for the strengthening of democracy in the Maldives,” he said. Terrorism is not just a threat for a country but to the entire civilization, he added.
“It is very unfortunate that people are still making the mistake of distinguishing between good terrorists and bad terrorists. State sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat the world is facing today,” Modi said, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.