WASHINGTON— US Speaker Paul Ryan has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint meeting of US Congress when he visits Washington this summer.
Modi will be the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a Joint Meeting of Congress. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress in 2005.
“Today, I invited Prime Minister Modi of India to address a joint meeting of Congress when he visits Washington this summer,” Speaker Ryan said in a statement. “India is the most populous democracy, and soon it is going to be the most populous country. The friendship between our nations is a pillar of stability in a very, very important region. This address presents a special opportunity for us to deepen our ties with our ally India.”
Speaker Ryan is the 54th and current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ryan is a member of the Republican Party who has served as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district since 1999.
“It is a chance to hear from the Prime Minister on how we can work together to promote our shared values and to increase prosperity. I want to thank Chairman Royce and Congressman Holding for their leadership and for their commitment to this relationship with India,” he said. “This will be the first joint meeting of this speakership. We certainly look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi in the United States Capitol this summer.”
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Royce (R-CA) issued the below statement after Speaker of the House Ryan (R-WI) announced that Prime Minister Modi will address a Joint Meeting of Congress on June 8, 2016:
“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.”
Chairman Royce sent a letter last week to Speaker Ryan encouraging him to invite Modi to address a Joint Meeting of Congress.