Modi set to meet Obama, address US Congress in June

Modi will not only discuss security and economics with Obama when they meet in Washington, he will also have the rare honour of addressing both houses of the US Congress.

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

US President Barack Obama talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a working dinner at the White House with heads of delegations attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington March 31, 2016.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington next month and he will also enjoy the rare honour of addressing both houses of the US Congress.

According to the White House, the Indian PM will have an exchange of views with Obama on economic growth, clean energy and climate change besides security and defence cooperation during their June 7 meeting.

The trip would mark Indian Prime Minister’s fourth visit to the US since becoming the chief executive of his country in 2014.

"The visit will highlight the deepening of the US-India relationship in key areas," a White House statement said on Friday.

The day after his meeting with the US President, Modi will address US Congress, a rare opportunity granted to few foreign leaders, US House speaker Paul Ryan said in a tweet.

The United States is also keen to encourage greater business and trade with India.

Progress has been only gradual, but in late March, the chief executive of US nuclear reactor maker Westinghouse Electricsaid, expected to sign a deal in June to build six reactors in India after marathon negotiations that began more than a decade ago.

The deal would be the first nuclear commercial power project since the United States and India agreed in 2008 to cooperate in the civil nuclear arena. Westinghouse is owned by Japan's Toshiba Corp.

TRTWorld, Reuters