File photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

File photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Modi honoured with Bhutan’s highest civilian award

New Delhi, December 17, 2021

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, conferred the country's highest civilian award, the Order of the Druk Gyalpo, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the country’s National Day.

Modi expressed his gratitude to King Jigme for the warm gesture.

In reply to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Modi conveyed his thanks for the award and said he was deeply touched by the warm gesture. He expressed his thanks to the King 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.

"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.

"India will always cherish Bhutan as one of its closest friends and neighbours, and we will continue to support Bhutan's development journey in every possible way," the Prime Minister said on Twitter.

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