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Full Transcript: PM Modi’s Address at the Joint Meeting of U.S Congress in Washington DC

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the Joint Meeting of U.S Congress in Washington DC on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Here is the full transcript of the speech.

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Paul Ryan – House of Representatives Speaker

Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and the distinct honor in presenting to you His Excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India.

Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Distinguished Members of the U.S. Congress, ladies and gentlemen.

I am deeply honored by the invitation to address this Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress. Thank you, Mr. Speaker for opening the doors of this magnificent Capitol.

This temple of democracy has encouraged and empowered other democracies the world over. It manifests the spirit of this great nation, which in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

In granting me this opportunity, you have honored the world’s largest democracy and its 1.25 billion people. As a representative of world’s largest democracy, it is indeed a privilege to speak to the leaders of its oldest.

Mr. Speaker, two days ago, I began my visit by going to the Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of many brave soldiers of this great land. I honored their courage and sacrifice for the ideals of freedom and democracy. It was also the seventy-second Anniversary of the D-Day. On that day, thousands from this great country fought to protect the torch of liberty. They sacrificed their lives so that the world lives in freedom. I applaud — India applauds, the great sacrifices of the men and women from ‘The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’ in service of mankind.

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