US, India united through shared democratic values: Ohio Senator ahead of PM Modi’s visit
16 June, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the United States that the two countries are united by shared democratic values. He stated that the Unit...
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the United States that the two countries are united by shared democratic values. He stated that the United States is looking forward to finding new ways to strengthen its relationship with India.
In a video posted by Indian Embassy in the US, Sherrod Brown said, “Prime Minister Modi, welcome to the United States of America. Ohio has a strong Indian American community virtually everywhere in our state. Business owners, entrepreneurs, educators, students, doctors, workers, advocates, and leaders in the community. Indian Americans serve our nation honourably in the military. They’re part of the fabric of our state.” While sharing the video on Twitter, Indian Embassy in the US wrote, “We look forward to find all kinds of ways to strengthen relations between our two countries. Enjoy your visit to the #UnitedStates, PM @NarendraModi!’ Appreciate your message of welcome, Senator @SherrodBrown!!”
PM Narendra Modi is set to travel to the US for a state visit from June 21-24. During his visit, he will address the joint meeting of the US Congress for the second time. PM Modi recently said he is honoured to accept the invitation and looks forward to addressing a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 22.
In a video message, Sherrod Brown noted that Cleveland is the only city in the world with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on a street named for Martin Luther King Jr. He called India’s democracy the “largest.”
“I go to work for these Ohioans every day, just as I know you do for the Indian people. Our countries are united through our shared democratic values. Ours is the oldest, yours is the largest. We look forward to looking to finding all kinds of ways to strengthen relations between our two countries. Enjoy your visit to the United States,” Sherrod Brown said.
On June 22, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a 21-gun salute on the South Lawns of the White House. The White House will close registration for those attending the welcome ceremony shortly.
When the Prime Minister’s Air India One arrives from New York on June 21 afternoon, a group of Indian Americans is planning to go to Andrews Air Force Base, and over 600 community members are planning to gather at Freedom Plaza in front of the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, which is near the White House and where the PM will be staying during his visit.
At the Freedom Plaza, the community has planned to showcase the cultural fabric of India through cultural events representing India spanning from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and from West to East, Adapa Prasad, President of Overseas Friends of BJP-USA, told ANI.
“It is India’s diverse cultural show and growth story. We have roughly 25 programs representing Kashmir to Kerala and Maharashtra to the northeast with 160 artists participating,” Prasad said.
“The Indian American community feels that they are part of this historic story. They’re proud that this momentous occasion is happening. That too when India became the fifth largest economy and the third largest, so the community itself is very proud about their country of origin,” Prasad further noted.