Chairman Royce Welcomes the Bipartisan Invitation
Washington, DCEd Royce welcomes Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement that Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, will address a Joint Meeting of Congress on June 8, 2016. Last week Chairman Royce led a bipartisan effort along with minority leader Eliot Engel for a formal invitation from House Speaker Paul Ryan. In a statement released yesterday Chairman Royce declared:
“I applaud Speaker Ryan for inviting Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Meeting of Congress, and I look forward to welcoming the Prime Minister to the Capitol. This address will serve as a sign of the deep and important relationship between the United States and India. Our partnership in areas such as defense, nuclear power, renewable energy and space exploration is very strong, thanks to our many shared values. I look forward to hearing from Prime Minister Modi about how we can continue working together to promote peace and prosperity.”
This will be the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fourth visit to the US since taking office in May 2014. PM Modi has addressed a gathering at Madison Square Garden in New York, attended the United Nations General Assembly, encouraged Silicon Valley to invest in India, and earlier this month attended the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. However, addressing a joint session of the US Congress is considered high honor awarded to any foreign dignitary. Only four Indian Prime Ministers have addressed a joint session of Congress: Rajiv Gandhi in June 1985, Narasimha Rao in May 1994, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in September 2000 and Manmohan Singh in July 2005.
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC welcomed the advocacy efforts of Chairman Royce and prominent Indian Americans in enabling successful diplomatic, strategic relations between the US and India remarking, “US and India have strong relations in defense, humanitarian relief, space cooperation, innovation, it will be good to hear directly from Prime Minister Modi. I welcome and look forward to his address.”