PM Modi ‘deeply touched’ as Bhutan confers its highest civilian award on him

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed gratitude towards the King of Bhutan for conferring on him Bhutan’s highest civilian honour, the Order of the Druk Gyalpo. He also thanked his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering for his words, saying he was “deeply touched” by the warm gesture on the occasion of the National Day of Bhutan.

“I have been privileged to receive the utmost love and affection from our Bhutanese brother and sisters, and take this occasion to convey my greetings to all of them on the auspicious occasion of the National Day of Bhutan,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.

Admiring Bhutan for its “unique model of sustainable development and the deeply spiritual way of life”, Prime Minister Modi said India will always cherish the country as one of its “closest friends and neighbours” and continue to support its development journey “in every possible way”.

“I admire Bhutan for its unique model of sustainable development and the deeply spiritual way of life. Successive Druk Gyalpos – Their Majesties the Kings – have given a unique identity to the Kingdom, and nurtured the special bond of neigbhourly friendship that our nations share,” he tweeted.

PM Modi is the first foreign head of government to receive Bhutan’s highest civilian award. The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, conferred honour on PM Modi for his outstanding contribution to bilateral relations and his services to the Bhutanese nation and people.

Announcing the award, Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering said he was “overjoyed to hear His Majesty pronounce Your Excellency Modiji’s name for the highest civilian decoration”. According to Tshering, the King highlighted all the “unconditional friendship and support” PM Modi extended over the years and “particularly during pandemic.”

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