Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addresses Joint Meeting of Congress

June 22, 2023

We stand at a new dawn in our relationship …

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking about the relationship between the United States and India as he addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday.

Why It Matters: In Modi’s address to Congress, he discussed the relationship between the U.S. and India, the two largest democracies in the world. Did you know? India – which shares a border with China – is the world’s fifth largest economy, one of the most populated countries in the world, and also has nuclear weapons. Modi’s address to Congress came amid his official state visit to the U.S.; Modi is only the third world leader President Joe Biden “has hosted for a state visit” and “is seeking to bolster his country’s global standing, which White House officials say could in turn benefit U.S. interests” (The Washington Post).

Earlier on Thursday, Modi met with Pres. Biden and the two leaders announced increasing cooperation in areas including technology (artificial intelligence, semiconductors), space exploration and defense. The two leaders “affirmed a vision of the United States and India as among the closest partners in the world,” according to a joint statement from the two countries. On Thursday night, Modi attended a state dinner at the White House in his honor.

Something To Consider: NBC News explains, “While Modi has faced criticism from some U.S. lawmakers and advocates over human rights and his country’s reluctance to break with Russia in its war in Ukraine, the Biden administration and leaders of both major parties are unified in their belief that India is a vital ally for Washington’s top foreign policy goal — containing the rise of China …”

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Joint Statement from the United States and India

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