The Order of the rule of Izzudeen has been conferred to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The highest award given to any foreign national by the Maldives was presented to the influential political leader by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a ceremony held on Saturday evening.
The award was presented to Narendra Modi for his efforts in strengthening the age-old friendship between India and Maldives, and in recognition of the assistance that the Indian government continues to provide to the archipelago under the Prime Minister's leadership.
Speaking at the joint press conference that followed, PM Modi said it is a honour for all of India to be the recipient of the Order of the rule of Izzudeen.
PM Modi is the sixth foreign recipient of the award. The previous foreign recipients of the Order of the rule of Izzudeen were;
Duke of Edinburgh, Earl Mountbatten - 15th March 1972
Former President of South Korea, Chun Doo-hwan - 30th October 1984
Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Sir Shridath Ramphal - 16th November 1986
Prince of Saudi Arabia, Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Azeez Masood - 2nd December 2009
Palestinian President, Dr. Mahmood Abbas - 4th June 2013