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'US looks forward to continuing work with PM Modi'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 May 2016, 11:40 IST

In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to the US, the Barack Obama government in United States has said it is looking forward to continue work with PM Modi on all fronts to strengthen ties between the two nations.

PM Modi will start his US visit on 8 June.

US state department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing that ties between the two nations represented a "special relationship".

"It's one that we're very committed to, and we look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Modi on all the different areas in which the United States and India will and must work together," Kirby said.

PM Modi will be the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the Congress, and the first since 2005.

The first-ever Indian premier to make such a speech was Rajiv Gandhi in 1985, followed by PV Narasimha Rao in 1994 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000.

Prime Minister Modi will be the fifth, speaking 11 years after his predecessor, Congress leader Manmohan Singh.

Every full-term prime minister since 1984 has addressed a joint meeting of the House and Senate.

-with ANI inputs

First published: 18 May 2016, 11:40 IST
 
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