US Speaker invites PM Narendra Modi to address Congress on June 8

Modi, who was invited by President Barack Obama for a bilateral visit when he was here for the nuclear summit, will be the fifth prime minister of India to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005.

By: PTI | Updated: April 28, 2016 10:30 pm
narendra modi, modi US visit, Modi US congress, modi US congress address, Paul Ryan, US Parliament Modi address, Modi US tour, india news, US news, world news, latest news Earlier, Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh (July 19, 2005), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (September 14, 2000), P V Narasimha Rao (May 18, 1994) and Rajiv Gandhi (July 13, 1985) addressed the joint meeting of the US Congress. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to address a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8 during his visit  to the United States, Speaker of the US House of Representative Paul Ryan said on Thursday.

“The friendship between the United States and India is a pillar of stability in an important region of the world,” Ryan told reporters during his weekly press conference.

“This address presents a special opportunity to hear from the elected leader of the world’s most populous democracy on how our two nations can work together to promote our shared values and to increase prosperity. We look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to the US Capitol on June 8,” he said.

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Modi, who was invited by President Barack Obama for a bilateral visit when he was here for the nuclear summit, will be the fifth prime minister of India to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005.

Earlier, Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh (July 19, 2005), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (September 14, 2000), P V Narasimha Rao (May 18, 1994) and Rajiv Gandhi (July 13, 1985) addressed the joint meeting of the US Congress.

The tradition of foreign leaders and dignitaries addressing Congress began with the Marquis de Lafayette of France, who spoke in the House chamber on December 10, 1824.

Ronak D Desai, a Fellow at New America and an Affiliate at the Belfer Center’s India and South Asia Program at Harvard University, said, “an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Meeting of Congress is significant, given past US policy towards Modi during his time as Chief Minister of Gujarat.”

Modi’s visit is likely to be the last official meeting between the two leaders during President Obama’s final year in office.

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    IML sood
    Apr 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm
    What a great surprise'even anti national are having fake names calling themselves 'Indian'.
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      IML sood
      Apr 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm
      What a splendid news to be enjo by every patriotic Indian that country' PM is being given such an honour.But, alas! what will happen to anti national and their supporters in many parties here,whose comments here and there will reflect the agony and frustration of their mind and emissions of smoke coming out of their burning hearts.
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        Guru
        Apr 28, 2016 at 11:44 pm
        Fighter jets in the agenda! You buy billions of dollars in fighter jets, we will let u speak 2 days in a row, is what the Americans are saying!
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          MyTake
          Apr 28, 2016 at 7:28 pm
          Aren't the Commie and Congie chamcha going to write their letters stating their labor of "love" for Modi?
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            MyTake
            Apr 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm
            Compeion for good thing is always good, specially, when you are appreciating value that you share. Instead of fighting each other you end up fighting for your share of that same shared value that you want to protect and cherish. It makes people only happy and internally rich. On top of that you have the added opportunity to learn from each other and implement positive qualities that others already have found to be good for the society. Apart from that, compeion brings the best in the people for the greater benefit of humanity. That keeps corruption at bay and talents get the chance to rise to the top. [Example on the other side is India under Congress - no compeion (only his are the "Ma Bap" produced as if in a factory), no healthy ideas and as a result people are now paying the price for their folly. Even stan does not hesitate to give one or two k i c k s in a while!]
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