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Humanity must speak in one voice against terrorism: Top 5 quotes from PM Modi’s US Congress address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his historical address at the joint session of the US Congress at Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Wednesday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his historical address at the joint session of the US Congress at Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Wednesday, called for a closer security relationship between the two nations, stressing the importance of warm India-US relationship. Modi said that his both the countries have overcome “the hesitations of history”.

In a speech interrupted by repeated applause, Modi did not mention India's neighbors Pakistan or China specifically, but said the deeper US-Indian security cooperation should isolate anyone who harbors, supports or sponsors terrorists, and separate religion from terrorism.

Click through for key quotes from PM Modi's US Congress address. (Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

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"Although its shadow is spreading across the world, terrorism is incubated in India’s neighbourhood. Humanity must speak in one voice. Terrorism must be delegitimized."

PM Modi as he begins his US Congress address. (Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

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"I commend the members of US Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains."

(Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

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"India will never forget the solidarity shown by US Congress when terrorists from across our border attacked Mumbai in 2008."

(Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

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"India’s strong economy and growth rate of 7.6% per annum, is creating new opportunities for our mutual prosperity."

The members of Congress rise for a standing ovation as PM Modi concludes his address.(Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

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"Gandhi’s non-violence inspired the heroism of Martin Luther King."

US Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, as they join the standing ovation. (Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

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PM Modi's US Congress address on Wednesday, was his 10th address to a foreign parliament in the last two years. In what is seen as a new strategy to connect with the political class of foreign countries directly, Modi has so far addressed the parliaments of Afghanistan, Nepal, Australia, UK, Fiji, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Canada and Mongolia.

PM Modi with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan before his address. (Source: PIB)

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Modi was the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, after Manmohan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, P V Narasimha Rao and Rajiv Gandhi. Jawaharlal Nehru had addressed the House of Representatives at a reception and had then made the same speech at the Senate separately.

US Congress members meeting Modi as he arrived for his address. (Source: PIB)

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On Wednesday, 64 times the House clapped during Modi’s 45-minute address. In the course of it, Modi used the word ‘partnership’ 13 times, almost double that by Manmohan Singh during his address. Atal Bihari Vajpayee had talked about it only three times in his speech.

The members of US Congress gives a standing ovation to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi after his address to the Joint Session Joint Session of US Congress, in Washington. (Source: PIB)

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The House Chamber was almost filled to capacity during Modi’s speech with US Congressmen and their aides, while the visitor’s gallery overflowed with Indian-Americans.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Congressional Leadership at Capitol Hill, ahead of this address at the US Congress. (Source: PIB)