File photo: PM Modi with Obama
Four US lawmakers have written to US House Speaker Paul urging him to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, when he will visit Washington on June 7-8, a report in ‘The Times of India’ has said.
"Given the depth of our relationship with India across a range of areas — defense, humanitarian and disaster relief, space cooperation, conservation, and innovation, — we believe this is an ideal opportunity for the Congress to hear directly from the Prime Minister," the Congressmen said in their letter to Ryan
Lawmakers said US ties with India is based on a foundation of shared values, including electoral democracy, rule of law and religious diversity .
It is beyond doubt that partnership has been characterised as the defining partnership of 21st century, they stressed, telling the Speaker that their view was that if invited, the Prime Minister would consent to address the Congress.
Those who signed the letter include Ed Royce, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, ranking member Eliot Engel, and Congresmen George Holding and Ami Bera.
While dates for the Modi visit have been fixed, details of programmes are yet to worked out.
This will be Modi's fourth visit to the US after he became Prime Minister two years ago.