PM Modi congratulates Manmohan for Japanese award, says it's a matter of pride

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated his predecessor Manmohan Singh after becoming the first Indian to be honoured with Japan's top national award for his “significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and India.

Updated: Nov 05, 2014, 18:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated his predecessor Manmohan Singh after becoming the first Indian to be honoured with Japan's top national award for his “significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and India.

PM Modi on micro-blogging website, while congratulating the former prime minister of India, wrote that it's matter of pride and joy that Japan has conferred Dr Manmohan Singh with 'Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers'.

Manmohan Singh was also today congratulated by President Pranab Mukherjee for for being selected for one of Japan's top awards. The President said that the award was an important recognition of immense service rendered by him for promotion of India-Japan relations and friendship.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday congratulated the former prime minister. She had said, "The award rightly recognises Dr Mammohan Singh's distinguished and significant contributions towards enhancement of relations and the promotion of friendship between Japan and India for 35 years."

Japanese Emperor Akihito awarded Singh with 'The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers' at an glittering ceremony held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday.