More US lawmakers seek joint address to Congress by Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Washington in late September 2014.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: July 2, 2014 9:55 am
No dates of Modi's US visit have been announced yet, he is expected to visit America in September. No dates of Modi’s US visit have been announced yet, he is expected to visit America in September.

Three top US lawmakers have asked the Congressional leadership to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress when he visits Washington at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Washington in late September 2014. Given the importance of our relationship with India, we ask you to invite Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Session of Congress,” Congressmen Brad Sherman, Ted Poe and Eni Faleomavaega wrote in a joint letter to the top leadership of the US Congress.

While no dates of Modi’s US visit have been announced yet, he is expected to visit America in September to attend the annual General Assembly session of the UN.

“India recently held the largest democratic exercise in history; about 550 million people voted in free and fair elections. Since recognising India’s independence in 1947, the US and India’s relationship has steadily grown,” they said. The US and India share many core values, including religious pluralism, individual freedom, the rule of law, and electoral democracy, they said.

“We have an opportunity to build on the US-India strategic partnership to the benefit of both our nations. India is a growing economic power in a strategically important region of the world. New Delhi plays a critical role in regional peace and security,” they wrote in the letter.

“In each of the last three decades, a Prime Minister of India has addressed a Joint Session of Congress, and the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi will allow us to continue that tradition,” they said. Last week Senior Republican Senator John McCain had urged Congressional leadership to invite Modi to address the joint session of the US Congress.

Two top American lawmakers including Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, last month urged the Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner to invite Modi to address the session.

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    S.Gonesh
    Jul 2, 2014 at 10:36 am
    India is a non-align independent State, so need nostrategic partnership. AHIMSA is the philosophy ofHindustan. HIMSA is the guideline of the USA.
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      Venk
      Jul 12, 2014 at 9:19 am
      But Indians like to be flattered they are being wood by powerful countries. Indians like Bakshish too much to ignore American overtures.
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        Venk
        Jul 12, 2014 at 9:13 am
        Don't make too much of this. Heightened self-opinion - India is full of problems needing solution - foreign affairs should be low on Indian Government's priorities. Trade to some extent - political alliances with US - unlikely.
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          Venk
          Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 am
          Quite right Brahma - this is hype.
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            Venk
            Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 am
            Quite right Ganesh particularly with the US which has caused much death and destruction across the globe to control its self interest.
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              Venk
              Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 am
              Shared core values? religious pluralism, rule of law and electoral democracy in India - that is a laugh. India's core values - electoral manition/vote banks based on caste and ethnic groups, exploitation of the poorer and lower castes/minorities, religious pluralism - sporadic sectarian riots, burning of religious buildings and making minorities homeless.
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                Brahma
                Jul 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm
                Why give a speech??? Have meeting w key leaders and discuss things important for India.
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                  Shankarachar Basavaraj
                  Jul 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm
                  I, Heartily well-come the decision of our Beloved P M of India to visit Washington in in late September,2014 to address joint address to congress."The US and India share many core values, including religious pluralism, individual freedom, the rule of law, and electoral democracy ". Never compromise the self-prestige & self-centered populism at any cost.
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                      not the
                      Jul 2, 2014 at 9:40 am
                      Empty rhetoric of largest democracy,,, mutually aligned , all LURING DIALOGUES....And Indians can be floored with a simply lavish and extravagant lunch or dinner... they will p all laws in favour of AMerican Business. Perhaps US Govt is yet to experience Modi.. he may not be in same mould...
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