Washington DC, April, 28 (CINEWS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8 during a special visit to the United States, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, said on Thursday.
Ryan told a press conference here: “The friendship between the United States and India is a pillar of stability in an important region of the world.”
Modi, who is coming to the US after a special invitation was extended by President Barack Obama during the nuclear summit recently, will be the fifth Indian prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005.
“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,” Ryan said.
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) have earlier addressed the joint meeting of the US Congress.
Analysts say that Modi’s visit would likely be the last official meeting between the two – as this is President Obama’s final year of his two-term tenure.