During PM Narendra Modi’s stay in the US, it is believed that he will be visiting the Arlington National Cemetery to pay respect to the US soldiers. With this, he becomes the first Indian Prime Minister to do so.
“Visiting the Arlington cemetery has a symbolic significance for Americans and the PM’s visit will be seen as a special gesture,” according to an Indian Express report.
Arlington National Cemetery, the most famous cemetery in the US, is the final resting place for many of its greatest heroes, including more than 300,000 veterans of every American conflict, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since its founding in 1866, Arlington National Cemetery has provided a solemn place to reflect upon the sacrifices made by the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
At the invitation of the US President Barack Obama, the Prime Minister will visit Washington DC on June 7-8, 2016, the External Affairs Ministry has said.
“The main objective of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister would be to consolidate the progress made in diverse areas such as economy, energy, environment, defence and security, and to intensify cooperation for the future,” it said.
The Prime Minister has also been invited by the Speaker of the US House of Representative, Paul Ryan, to address a Joint Meeting of the US Congress which he has accepted, it added.
Earlier, Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh (July 19, 2005), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (September 14, 2000), P V Narasimha Rao (May 18, 1994) and Rajiv Gandhi (July 13, 1985) addressed the joint meeting of the US Congress.