Among the Congressmen were the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (from the Democratic party) and the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator John McCain of the Republican Party.

More than a dozen powerful lawmakers spoke as the Prime Minister finished his address to the annual gala of the US India Business Council (USIBC) and came down the podium to meet them.

And thereafter he took one of the chairs at the center table that included Pelosi and McCain among others to have his dinner.

Looking forward to PM Modi's address to the joint meeting of the US Congress in Wednesday, McCain referred to the leadership of the Prime Minister in improving bilateral relationship.

There is no doubt that there are tensions and challenges in the region, which calls for much better co-ordination and cooperation between India and the United States.

Welcoming the Prime Minister to the United States, Pelosi said she has wishes from the California Governor, and other leaders from her State on the impressive speech he made last September in the Silicon Valley.

It was one of the most inspirational speech ever, she said. Congressman Elliot Engel, Ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee recollected the Madison Square Garden of the Prime Minister in September 2014.

This he said was historic. Several other lawmakers referred to the Madison Square Garden's event with one of the praising his "energy" and "charisma". Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Relationship Committee said the India US relationship has improved tremendously in the last two years. Royce and other lawmakers had initiated the move to invite Modi to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.

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