Menendez, who is also a member of the Senate India Caucus, has long championed the interests of the Indian American community in the US Congress.
Rao and Menendez also exchanged views on the latest developments in India-US relations and highlighted the shared values and interests binding their strategic partnership, the Embassy release said.
"They expressed appreciation for the strength provided to this partnership by the rich and vibrant contributions of the Indian American community in the United States." It said.
Rao and Menendez also exchanged views on the regional situation in South Asia.
Rao invited Senator Menendez to visit India. He accepted the invitation for such a visit at a mutually convenient time, the release said.