PM Modi will meet Barack Obama on June 7, will address the US Congress


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Barack Obama at White House on June 7 during his two day visit to America. The Prime Minister will review progress made in key areas of defense, security and energy. He will also address a joint session of the US congress.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement, “President Obama will meet Indian Prime Minister at the White House on June 7.” The visit will highlight the deepening of the US-India relationship in key areas since the President’s visit to New Delhi in January 2015, he said.  It will be Modi’s fourth trip to the United States since he became prime minister in 2014.

Earlier in New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry today announced that the Prime Minister will visit Washington DC on June 7-8 at the invitation of President Obama.

“The main objective of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister would be to consolidate the progress made in diverse areas such as economy, energy, environment, defense and security, and to intensify cooperation for the future,” said the ministry.

The Prime Minister has also been invited by the Speaker of the US House of Representative, Paul Ryan, to address a Joint Meeting of the US Congress which he has accepted, it added.

Before him, five other Prime Ministers – Manmohan Singh (July 19, 2005), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (September 14, 2000), PV Narasimha Rao (May 18, 1994) and Rajiv Gandhi (July 13, 1985) have addressed joint meetings of the US Congress.