In a clear indication of growing partnership between India and the US, a record number of 27 US Congressmen will be visiting India later in February.
The top lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties are visiting India in two separate delegations.
Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to the US, claimed this as an important development and said that such visit is reflective of the efforts on the part of the US to strengthen and build on the bipartisan support that they have in the US Congress for India-US relations.
This 27 Congressmen group is the largest ever group of lawmakers to travel to India.
A group of 19 Congressmen will be in India from February 20 to 25 for an international event organised by the prestigious Aspen Institute. The group will visit New Delhi and Hyderabad.
The Congressmen are scheduled for many meetings with top government officials, politicians, members of the think-tank bodies and non-governmental organisations.
Another delegation of eight lawmakers led by Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of powerful House Judiciary Committee, will be visiting India from February 20 to 23, and have conferences at New Delhi and Bangalore.