- PM Modi has received 'Legion of Merit' as a token of appreciation for elevating the strategic partnership between the US and India
- Kenneth Juster, the ambassador to India congratulated Modi while the top US honor was presented to him by US President Joe Biden
- Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu received the medal on behalf of Modi, as the latter could not be physically present at the award-giving ceremony
Washington: Kenneth Juster, the ambassador to India on Tuesday took to his Twitter handle to congratulate PM Modi on being honored with the top US honor ‘Legion of Merit’ as a token of appreciation for his leadership as well as elevating the strategic partnership between the US and India.
In his congratulating Tweet, Juster wrote, “Congratulations to (Prime Minister) @narendramodi (Narendra Modi) for the well-deserved Legion of Merit. We greatly appreciate your commitment to a strong US-India partnership”. The ambassador added, “Similar awards were given to PM (Shinzo) Abe and PM (Scott) Morrison, recognizing our leaders’ shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific”.
The medal was presented by US President Biden and was received by Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu on behalf of the Indian Prime Minister, as the latter could not be physically present at the award-giving ceremony.
“The Legion of Merit”, Degree Chief Commander, is a prestigious award, which is rarely awarded to anyone. It has a royal decoration, and it can only be presented by the working President. The award is usually presented to the Heads of State or Heads of Government of other countries.