Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan has called India a “great ally”, one with which America should build an alliance and build upon it.
“The new Indian government is going to be a great ally for ours, and we have better security cooperation with them,” Ryan said at a leading think tank on Thursday, the day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a joint meeting of US congress.
He added: “That’s one thing that we need to nurture and grow. And those of us who are fans of Modi, you know, he’s a conservative who wants, who embraces free enterprise. He’s bringing needed reform to the country. That’s the kind of an alliance that we need to forge and build upon.”
Modi, who became only the fifth Indian prime minister to speak to a joint meeting of congress, was Ryan’s first joint-address speaker since he took office in October 2015.
Speaker Ryan also went further that all his predecessors, hosting an official lunch on Capital Hill, home to US congress, for Prime Minister Modi.
The speaker went on to cite India, and bilateral relations, as a contrast to rest of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy which, he said, “neglected our allies, and we have basically rewarded our enemies, our adversaries”.