The Order of the Nile, which is Egypt’s highest state decoration, was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. The honour was given to PM Modi by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo.
This is the 13th such highest state honour that various countries across the world have conferred upon PM Modi in the last nine years.
#WATCH | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi confers PM Narendra Modi with 'Order of the Nile' award, in Cairo
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According to the Egyptian Presidency’s website, the ‘Order of the Nile’ is a pure gold collar consisting of three square gold units on which there are Pharaonic symbols. The first unit resembles the idea of protecting the state against evils, the second one resembles prosperity and happiness brought by the Nile and the third one refers to wealth and endurance.
The units are connected to one another by a circular gold flower decorated with turquoise and ruby. Hanging from the collar is a hexagonal pendant decorated with flowers of the Pharaonic style, and turquoise and ruby gems.
According to the website, the pendant’s centre features a projecting symbol that symbolises the Nile, which unites the North (represented by the papyrus) and the South (represented by the lotus).