04/04/2016 9:00 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Narendra Modi Conferred Saudi Arabia's Highest Civilian Award

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A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on April 3, 2016 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands during their meeting in Riyadh. Modi is on a visit to Saudi Arabia where he will discuss energy, security and trade cooperation with leaders of the world's largest crude exporter. / AFP / SPA / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

RIYADH -- In a special gesture, Saudi Arabia yesterday conferred its highest civilian honour -- the King Abdulaziz Sash -- on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The award is named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state.

The Prime Minister was conferred the prestigious award by King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court where they held extensive talks on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues.

World leaders who have received the honour include Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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