WASHINGTON: The speaker of the US House of Representative Paul Ryan said in a press release that the Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has been invited to address the joint meeting of the United States Congress on June 8, during his visit to the Washington.
Addressing the media, Speaker Paul Ryan said “The friendship between India and the US is a strategic one and is a pillar of stability in an important region of the world.
“This address presents a special opportunity for us to hear from the elected leader of the most populous democracy in the World. We invite the honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi to address the joint session of the US congress on how our two nations can work together to increase prosperity and promote our shared values”, the Speaker added.
The Indian Prime Minister is scheduled to address the joint session of the US congress on June 8. With this invitation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become the fifth Indian prime minster to address the US 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.
This tradition of foreign leaders and dignitaries addressing the US congress has first started on December 10, 1984, with Marquis de Lafayette of France addressing the US congress.
Modi’s diplomatic tour to the US in June is likely to be the last official meeting between the two leaders, during President Obama’s final year in office.