PM Narendra Modi be granted honour to address joint meeting of US Congress, urge American lawmakers

Congressman Ed Royce requested US House Speaker that US must now work closely with Prime Minister Modi.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: June 22, 2014 11:03 am
The NDA government at the Centre on Friday clarified that the decision was meant for only Hindi-speaking  states and not others Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Two powerful American lawmakers on Friday sought a joint address to the US Congress by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he travels to Washington at the invitation of President Barack Obama. While no dates for Modi’s US visit have been announced, it is widely expected to be around the UN General Assembly session, held in New York, in September.

Modi is expected to visit the US at that time. Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman George Holding in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, requested that Modi be allowed to address a joint meeting of Congress.

“As you know, India is a critical partner of the United States. In every aspect – whether it be in political, economic or security relations – the United States has no more important partner in South Asia. It is not an overstatement to say that the US-India relationship will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century,” Royce and Holding wrote to Boehner in their letter dated June 20.

Modi’s predecessor Manmohan Singh was the last Indian Prime Minister to address a joint session of the US Congress when he visited Washington in 2005. “We are writing to request that Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, be granted the honour of addressing a Joint Meeting of Congress when he travels to Washington, DC this September.

“With more than 500 million people voting in the recent Indian election, it was both the world’s largest democratic event and an historic moment for India. The US must now work closely with Prime Minister Modi to strengthen the important relationship between the two countries,” they wrote.

Optimistic that the mandate given to Modi will help India thrive economically, the two Congressmen said under his leadership, the state of Gujarat has flourished. Home to a mere five per cent of India’s population, Gujarat now accounts for about 25 per cent of Indian exports.

Poverty rates have fallen dramatically, and infrastructure has grown impressively, Royce and Holding said in the letter. Importantly, Prime Minister Modi has promised to focus on private enterprise, reduce bureaucracy, and strengthen trade ties with major partners, the two Congressman said.

“Since 2001, US-India trade has experienced impressive growth, but our commercial relationship remains far below the scale of our markets. Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to cut the red tape that has long plagued our trade relationship gives reason for hope that our economic partnership will flourish,” Royce and Holding wrote.

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United States will undoubtedly be a seminal event for the nation’s vibrant Indian American community. We look forward to working with you to ensure that this trip is a success,” the letter said.

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  1. S
    Jun 22, 2014 at 5:41 am
    This is a great move of the USA to start good relationship with India.It is important of both countries to find a mutual ground for future cooperation.Till today it wasn´t successfully.
  2. G
    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:00 am
    modi is still modi but look how america changed.
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    Iqbal Naiyer
    Jun 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    Why not, he is the head of the biggest democracy of the world. Modi should be addressing joint address to US Congress.
  4. J
    Jun 21, 2014 at 6:29 am
    devyani episode has shaken people of india.before that they used to take frndship with USA forgranted.but afterwards people realized eho internationaly can be our best frnd as the saying goes 'old is gold' thanks to USA for awakening us from dream
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    Jayanarayan Kongasseri
    Jun 22, 2014 at 4:33 am
    It is defintely in India's interest to forge closer ties with USA. If we manage to have American backing,we can apeed up the industrial climate and attain faster rate of growth. India should become global manufacturing hub and challenge Chins.
  6. K
    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:58 am
    Ab to majboori hai... Modi ko bulana hi padega.
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    Pradip Bhattacharya
    Jun 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm
    Modi must be laughing to himself. The same Americans once rejected his visa application. Now USA must apologise for their mistake. After all, all courts in India including the Supreme Court have found not a shred of evidence against Modi. The pain and international defamation caused to Modi by American action has a huge cost and should be compensated.
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    mdkumar mdkumar
    Jun 21, 2014 at 6:27 am
    Modi may not go to US or any other country for that matter unless there are substantial 'outputs' of that visit.
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