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Indian PM Urges U.S. Congress To Strengthen Defense Ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on June 7.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told a joint session of the U.S. Congress that New Delhi and Washington have overcome "the hesitations of history" and are ready for greater military cooperation.

Modi on June 8 also told U.S. lawmakers that there should be stronger defense and economic ties between their countries.

Modi said that "in advancing this relationship, both nations stand to gain in great measure."

Citing a growing threat from so-called Islamic State militants and other extremist groups, Modi said that "the need of the hour is for us to deepen our security cooperation."

He said both India and the United States have "lost civilians and soldiers" in the battle against terrorism.

Modi's speech to the U.S. Congress came a day after he met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

Senior U.S. officials said after that June 7 meeting that the text of an agreement on sharing military logistics had been finalized and would be signed "very shortly."

The White House said after Obama's June 7 meeting with Modi that "important progress" was made on security "coordination and cooperation."

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP