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Wed Jun 8, 2016, 01:39 PM

Indian PM Hails Cooperation With US in Speech to Congress

Source: Associated Press

Indian PM Hails Cooperation With US in Speech to Congress

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Jun 8, 2016, 2:32 PM ET

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Congress Wednesday that his nation and the U.S. have overcome "the hesitations of history" and called for ever-stronger economic and defense ties between the two countries.

"Let us work together to convert shared ideals into practical cooperation," Modi said in a speech that lauded both nations' common democratic principles and hailed two heroes of nonviolence, India's Mahatma Gandhi and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

"In advancing this relationship, both nations stand to gain in great measure," he said.

Modi's 46-minute address followed years of being shunned in the U.S. because of religious violence in his home state. Underscoring the turnabout, it came a day after a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and preceded a lunch Modi will have in the Capitol with congressional leaders and a reception hosted by the House and Senate foreign affairs committees.

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