Washington: A suggestion to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the House and Senate has gone to House Speaker John Boehner from Ed Royce, Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

“India is a critical partner of the United States. In every aspect — whether it be in political, economic or security relations — the United States has no more important partner in South Asia.

With more than 500 million people voting in the recent Indian election, it was both the world’s largest democratic event and an historic moment for India. The US must now work closely with Prime Minister Modi to strengthen the important relationship between the two countries.”

The Speaker’s office has not yet announced a response to the letter, but Modi will mostly be invited to address a
joint session.