Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in Greece, was conferred with The Grand Cross of the Order of Honour on Friday.
He was conferred with the honour by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
The Order of Honour was established in 1975. The head of goddess Athena is depicted on the front side of the Star with the inscription “ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS SHOULD BE HONOURED”.
Traditionally, the honour is conferred by the Greek President to Prime Ministers and eminent personalities for their contribution towards Greece.
The citation said: “In the person of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an honour is bestowed upon the friendly people of India.”
“On the occasion of this visit, the Greek State Honours the Prime Minister of India, a statesman who has tirelessly promoted the global reach of his country and who works systematically for India’s economic progress and prosperity, bringing about bold reforms. A statesman who has brought environmental protection and climate change among the top priorities of international activity,” it added.
On the other hand, Modi thanked Greece over the honour and tweeted: "I thank President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the Government and people of Greece for conferring upon me The Grand Cross of the Order of Honour. This shows the respect the people of Greece have towards India. @PresidencyGR."