PM Modi pitches for deeper Indo-US ties at US Congress

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Photo-PTI

Pitching for a strong and more deeper ties between the worlds largest and oldest democracies Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at length at the joint session of US Congress on Wednesday, the last day of his state visit in the United States.

Addressing the United States Congress on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strong partnership between the two countries can anchor peace, prosperity and stability from Asia to Africa and from Indian Ocean to the Pacific.

“India-US relationship is primed for a momentous future. It can also help ensure security of the sea lanes of commerce and freedom of navigation on seas”, said Prime Minister

PM Modi is the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address the joint session of US Congress in which he received more than 8 standing ovations for his inspiring speech.

Prime Minister used the occasion to pitch reforms at the United Nations, Modi said that it requires the UN to frame rules with the mindset of the 20th century while reflecting the realities of today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Photo-pTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Photo-pTI

Modi invoked Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his speech, said India and the US, the world’s largest and oldest democracies, had learnt a lot from each other’s philosophies and practices, making them “natural allies”.

Highlighting India’s growth of 7.6 per cent and the immense opportunities it offers, the Prime Minister said, “in every sector of India’s forward march, I see the US as an indispensable partner.”

“Transformative American technologies in India and growing investment by Indian companies in the United States both have a positive impact on the lives of the citizens of the two countries,” said the PM.

Talking about defence co-operation PM said that India exercises with the United States more than we do with any other partner. Defence purchases have moved from almost zero to ten billion dollars in less than a decade.

“Our cooperation also secures our cities and citizens from terrorists, and protects our critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Civil Nuclear Cooperation, as I told President Obama yesterday, is a reality,” said the PM.

Modi said the founding fathers of the two countries too shared the same belief and sought individual liberty for every citizen of India.

“There were many who doubted India when, as a newly independent nation, we reposed our faith in democracy. Indeed, wagers were made on our failure. But, the people of India did not waver,” the PM said.