June 9, 2016 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared yesterday that India and the United States should work together more closely to defeat terrorism and head off regional instability.
While the Indian leader did not mention Pakistan by name, Modi urged US lawmakers to help isolate those who support terrorism that is “incubated in India’s neighborhood.”
And, while he did not address China’s maritime territorial ambitions, Modi said a US-India partnership would “help ensure security of the sea lanes of commerce and freedom of navigation.”
Modi made the remarks in an address to a joint session of the US Congress during a visit to Washington designed to build on improved ties between the world’s two largest democracies.
Once effectively banned from the United States because of his alleged role in anti-Muslim riots before coming to national office, Modi has built a rapport with US President Barack Obama.
Now, with Obama’s final term coming to an end in seven months, the two partners are keen to secure support for India’s civil nuclear program and build an enduring great power partnership.
Modi said Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi had inspired US civil rights hero Martin Luther King and that both countries had been inspired by their “struggle for freedom.”