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PM Narendra Modi likely to meet Republican and Democrat leaders during his US visit

PM is expected to meet Republican and Democrat leaders and attend a reception organised jointly by House of Representatives and Senate foreign relations committees.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 23, 2016, 01.06 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Keen to send out a bipartisan message during his second US trip this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting almost every important Republican leader on the Capitol Hill during the June visit to balance out his engagements with the White House.

The Prime Minister is expected to meet senior Republican and Democrat leaders of the US Congress and also attend a reception organised jointly by House of Representatives and Senate foreign relations committees in association with the two India caucuses. These committees are headed by Republicans — Bob Corker and Ed Roye.

Ahead of his address at a joint session of the US Congress, Modi will meet the top leaders of the Congress, including House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan (Republican), House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Democrat), US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat).

Modi’s schedule at the Hill, which is still being worked out, may have four back-to-back events. The Indian PM’s joint address to the Congress — the first by a foreign leader in 2016 and the first for House Speaker Ryan — is likely to be attended by vice-president Joe Biden and several cabinet members of the Obama administration. During the visit, Ryan will also host a lunch for the PM.

The invitation to Modi to address the US Congress was itself a bipartisan act for a divided Congress. The Republican Party, which controls both the House of Representative and the Senate, and the Democratic Party jointly invited Modi to address the joint session of the Congress, sources said.

Modi is expected to outline his government’s vision for Indo-US strategic partnership during the address.

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