PM Modi addresses US Congress: As it happened

With Pakistan obviously in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said terrorism was being "incubated in India's neighbourhood".  

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 00:18
Pic Courtesy - ‏@MEA

Washingon: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday. He became the fifth Indian PM to do so.

PM Modi arrived here on Monday from Switzerland on his second bilateral visit to the US after his trip in September, 2014. This is PM Modi's fourth visit to the US since he assumed office in May 2014.

The PM is visiting US at the invitation of Obama, who in the last year of his presidency is inviting a few world leaders with whom he shared a 'close and productive working relationship'.


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PM Modi concludes US visit, leaves for Mexico.

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An earlier tweet by @MEAIndia -

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Then there came a time when US-India made an effort made an effort to come closer, what we could do for each other. Now we are entering an era where we aren't working for each other, but we think about what India and the US can do for the world. Be it climate change issue, poverty, terrorism, health sector issues of the world, we can put our heads together and work for the world, says PM Modi. 

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It is an honour for our belief of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' which means that 'the world is one family', says PM.

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There was a time there was curiosity in the US towards India, what we do, how they think. Then there was a time when they started to get a hang of us, they understood that we have shared values and we could be closer, says PM.

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I want the combined power of India and the US to become a force for good in the world, says PM Modi.

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PM Modi attends Congressional Reception hosted jointly by Foreign Relations Committees (House and Senate) and India Caucus (House and Senate).

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Speaker Ryan hosts banquet lunch for PM Modi on Capitol Hill.

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Paul Ryan tweets -

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Honoured and privileged to address a joint meeting of the US Congress. A big thank you to all Congressmen, Congresswomen, Senators and guests who attended the address, says PM Modi.

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He was terrific, India and US relationship will only get stronger: Ajaypal Banga, MasterCard CEO on PM Modi's speech.

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PM Modi concludes his address. PM receives standing ovation as speech ends.

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PM Modi concludes by quoting Walt Whitman - The Orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments, the baton has given the signal. And there is a new symphony in play.

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As we embark on new journey and seek new goals, let us focus on transformation on new ideas of shaping partnerships and  prosperous world. The constraints of the past are behind us and foundations of the future are firmly in place: PM Modi.

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PM calls for transformational ideas in India-US ties to realise the full promise of this extraordinary relationship.

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PM Modi speaks of actions beyond our shores, both alone and together - for disaster relief, environmental protection, and conflict resolution.

Protection of environment and care for planet is at the centre of our shared vision. For us in India, to live in harmony with mother earth is a part of our ancient belief, says PM.

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PM Modi talks about fighting terror and Lashkar-e-taiba Taliban and ISIS. He also talks of a country which is 'incubator' of terrorism. 

The fight against terrorism has to be fought at many levels. The need of the hour is to deepen our security relations. Those who believe in humanity must come together as one and speak against this menace in one voice. Let's not distinguish between good and bad terrorists and let's de-link religion from terrorism. Terrorism must be de-legitimised, says PM.



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The effectiveness of our cooperation would increase if international institutions were to reflect the realities of today. Globally, terrorism remains the biggest threat, going by different names, but with the common philosophy of hate, murder and violence: PM Modi

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Defence purchases is now more than $10 billion in a decade. A strong India-US partnership can anchor peace, prosperity, and stability from Asia to Africa and from Indian Ocean to the Pacific: PM Modi

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We were the first to respond amidst the Nepal earthquake, Maldives water crisis and Sri Lanka's landslides, says PM.

India's strong economy and growing GDP is creating a positive impact for our mutual prosperity, PM Modi adds.

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I see US as an indispensible partner. Many of you believe that a stronger & prosperous India is in America's strategic interest, says PM Modi.

India's strong economy and growth rate of 7.6% per annum, is creating new opportunities for our mutual prosperity, PM adds.

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India is undergoing through profound social and economic change. My dream is to economically empower our billion citizens through many social, economic transformations by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence. My 'to do list' long is long and ambitious: PM Modi

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PM on the diaspora bridgebuilders - They are among your best CEOs, academics, scientists, economists; doctors, even spelling bee champions.


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More Americans bend for Yoga than to throw a curved ball. SIRI tells us that more than 30 million practice Yoga. But no Mr Speaker, we have not yet claimed intellectual property right on it: PM Modi

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Today, our relationship has overcome the hesitations of history. Comfort, candour, and convergence define our conversations. Our cooperation secures our cities and citizens from terrorists and protects our critical infrastructure from cyber threats, says PM Modi.

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On a lighter note PM Modi says - You are well-known for your bipartisanship. I have also witnessed a similar spirit in Parliament, especially in Upper House.

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The genius of Norman Borlaug brought the Green Revolution and food security to India: PM

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When US Congress passed India-US Civil Nuclear coop Agreement, it changed very colours of leaves of relationshiop between two countries: PM

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You helped us turn barriers into bridges of partnership. India will never forget the solidarity shown by the US Congress when terrorists attacked Mumbai in November 2008: PM Modi

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No wonder then, that President Barack Obama has called our ties the defining partnership of the 21st century: PM Modi

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Today, our relationship has overcome the hesitations of history. Comfort, candour, and convergence define our conversations. No wonder then, that former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee called India and the US 'natural allies': PM Modi

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Mahatma Gandhi's non violence inspired Martin Luther King's heroism, says PM Modi at US Congress.

He adds, "Today a mere distance of 3 miles separates the Martin Luther King memorial from Gandhi statue. This proximity mirrors their beliefs."

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Modern India is in its 70th year. Our Constitution is our holy book. Our founders created a modern nation with freedom, democracy, and equality as the essence of its soul, says PM Modi.

He adds - 'The genius of Dr BR Ambedkar was nurtured in the years he spent at the Columbia University a century ago'.

He also spoke of his visit to @ArlingtonNatl and of those fallen in distant battlefields, both from the US and India in pursuit of similar ideals.

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India grows as one, lives as one, celebrates as one, says PM. 

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There were many who doubted India when, as a newly independent nation, we reposed our faith in democracy: PM Modi

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Our founding fathers sought individual liberties for every citizen of India, says PM.

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