McConnell, Modi Meet At Crucial Moment in U.S.-India Relations

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WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India:

“I was glad to meet today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India before he addressed a joint session of Congress. The Prime Minister’s visit comes at a consequential moment in our two countries’ relationship. India’s population, location, and resources make it a cornerstone of the global economy, and its adherence to democratic values can help tie our nations closer together.

“But India and the United States share more than robust trade and basic values. We share an interest in keeping the Indo-Pacific free and open, and we face common challenges. India understands China’s belligerent behavior firsthand. Like our other Quad partners, Australia and Japan, India continues to invest in a growing defense industrial base.

“There are opportunities for even deeper cooperation if our countries remove regulatory and bureaucratic obstacles. I am hopeful that Prime Minister Modi’s visit will focus our efforts on seizing these opportunities.”