Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Bahrain. On Saturday, the Premier was honoured with "The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance" as he held talkswith His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. on various bilateral and regional issues.

On accepting the award, PM Modi thanked His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and deliveredhis Acceptance Speech.

“Your Majesty the King of Bahrain, I feel very honoured and fortunate to be awarded The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance. I am equally honoured by Your Majesty’s friendshipfor me and my country” said PM Narendra Modi

“I humbly accept this prestigious honour on behalf of 1.3 billion Indians. It is an honour for entire India. This is a recognition of the close and friendly relations betweenthe Kingdom of Bahrain and India. These relations go back thousands of years” he added.

“And in the 21st century, they are expanding in all areas. It is a matter of happiness that in our discussions today, we agreed to add new areas of cooperation and further strengthenour ties” said the Premier.

He further highlighted “We aim to make India a $ 5 trillion economy. We would like Bahrain to partner India more closely for shared progress”.

“ I am very happy to note that the Indian origin people are the largest foreign community in Bahrain. They are welcomed here with an open heart. I thank the leadership of theKingdom for looking after them and making them feel at home here. I consider myself very fortunate to be the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to visit this close friend in our neighbourhood” he stated.

“I am grateful to the leadership of Bahrain for their generous hospitality for my delegation and me. It will be an honour for me to receive His Majesty in India on a visit” he concluded.

According to BNA, HM the King and the Indian Premier discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern, stressing both countries’ support to regional and global efforts aimed to bolster the pillars of security and stability in the region and the world.

They underscored the importance of consolidating the values and principles of tolerance, human coexistence and peace between all peoples and fostering dialogue and the renunciation of violence and extremism.