Joint Meeting & Joint Session Addresses Before Congress by Foreign Leaders & Dignitaries

The purpose of a Joint Meeting has usually been for Congress to hear an address from an important figure—generally a visiting foreign leader. This practice became a standard part of foreign leaders’ state visits to the United States after 1945.  In the early Congresses, a Joint Session or a House Reception was often used for the address.

DateAddresses by Foreign Heads-of-State and Dignitaries1
September 18, 2014Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 8, 2013Park Geun Hye, President of  Republic of Korea addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
October 13, 2011Lee Myung-bak, President of Republic of Korea addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 24, 2011 Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 9, 2011Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 20, 2010 Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
November 3, 2009 Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 4, 2009Gordon Brown, Prime Minster of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 30, 2008Bertie Ahern, Prime Minister of Ireland addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
November 7, 2007Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 7, 2007  King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
July 26, 2006 Dr. Nouri Al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 7, 2006 Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 24, 2006 Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 15, 2006 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 1, 2006Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
July 19, 2005Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 6, 2005Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 23, 2004Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 15, 2004Hamid Karzai, Prime Minister of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
February 4, 2004Jose Maria Aznar, President of the Government of Spain addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
July 17, 2003Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 12, 2002John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. The scheduled address by Prime Minister John Howard of Australia to a Joint Meeting of Congress on September 12, 2001, was cancelled.
September 6, 2001Vicente Fox, President of Mexico addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 14, 2000Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
July 15, 1998Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 10, 1998Kim Dae-jung, President of South Korea, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
February 27, 1997 Eduardo Frei, President of Chile, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 11, 1996John Bruton, Prime Minister of Ireland, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
July 10, 1996Benyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
February 1, 1996Jacques Chirac, President of France, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
December 12, 1995 Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 26, 1995 Kim Yong-sam, President of South Korea, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
October 6, 1994 Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
July 26, 1994 Hussein I, King of Jordan, and Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 18, 1994 Narasimba Rao, Prime Minister of India, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 17, 1992 Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 30, 1992 Richard von Weizsäcker, President of Germany, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
November 14, 1991 Carlos Saul Menem, President of Argentina, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 16, 1991Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 16, 1991Violeta B. de Chamorro, President of Nicaragua, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 26, 1990Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress, South Africa, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 7, 1990 Giulio Andreotti, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
February 21, 1990Vaclav Hável, President of Czechoslovakia, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
November 15, 1989Lech Walesa, chairman of SolidarnoϾ labor union, Poland, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
November 18, 1989 Roh Tae Woo, President of South Korea, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
October 4, 1989Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 7, 1989 Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 23, 1988Robert Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 27, 1988Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
November 10, 1987 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 18, 1986 Corazon C. Aquino, President of the Philippines, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 11, 1986 Jose Sarney, President of Brazil, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
October 9, 1985Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 13, 1985 Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 20, 1985Raul Alfonsin, President Argentina, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress
March 6, 1985 Bettino Craxi, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
February 20, 1985 Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 16, 1984Miguel de la Madrid, President of Mexico, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 22, 1984 François Mitterand, President of France, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 15, 1984 Dr. Garett FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
October 5, 1983 Karl Carstens, President of West Germany, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 21, 1982Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
February 22, 1977Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau of Canada addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 23, 1976 President William R. Tolbert, Jr., of Liberia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 2, 1976Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
May 18, 1976 President Valery Giscard d’Estaing of France addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
March 17, 1976Prime Minister Liam Cosgrave of Ireland addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
January 28, 1976 Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
November 5, 1975 President Anwar El Sadat of Egypt addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 17, 1975President Walter Scheel of West Germany addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
June 15, 1972  President Luis Echeverria Alvarez of Mexico addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 3, 1970 President Rafael Caldera of Venezuela addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
February 25, 1970President Georges Pompidou of France addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
October 27, 1967 President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz of Mexico addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
September 15, 1966 President Ferdinand E. Marcos of the Philippines addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
May 28, 1964 President Eamon de Valera of Ireland addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
January 15, 1964 President Antonio Segni of Italy addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 12, 1962 Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shahanshah of Iran, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
April 4, 1962 President Joao Goulart of Brazil addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 21, 1961 President Manuel Prado of Peru addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
July 12, 1961 President Mohammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
May 4, 1961 President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
June 29, 1960Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
April 28, 1960Mahendra, King of Nepal addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
April 25, 1960 President Charles de Gaulle of France addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
April 6, 1960 President Alberto Lleras-Camargo of Columbia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
May 12, 1959Baudouin, King of the Belgians, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 18, 1959 President Sean T. O’Kelly of Ireland addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
March 11, 1959 President Jose Maria Lemus of El Salvador addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
January 21, 1959President Arturo Frondizi of Argentina addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 18, 1958 President Carlos F. Garcia of the Philippines addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
June 5, 1958 President Theodor Heuss of West Germany addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 9, 1957 President Ngo Dinh Diem of Vietnam addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
May 17, 1956President Sukarno of Indonesia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
February 29, 1956 President Giovanni Gronchi of Italy addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
January 27, 1955 President Paul E. Magliore of Haiti addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
July 28, 1954 President Syngman Rhee of South Korea addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 28, 1954 Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
May 4, 1954 Governor General Vincent Massey of Canada addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
January 29, 1954 President Celal Bayar of Turkey addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 3, 1952  Queen Juliana of the Netherlands addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
January 17, 1952 Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
September 24, 1951 Prime Minister Alcide de Gasperi of Italy addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
June 21, 1951 President Galo Plaza of Ecuador addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
April 2, 1951 President Vincent Auriol of France addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 19, 1949 President Gaspar Dutra of Brazil addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
April 19, 1948Ambassador Guillermo Belt of Cuba addressed a Joint Session of Congress held to memorialize the 50th anniversary of Cuban independence. 
May 1, 1947 President Miguel Aleman of Mexico addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
November 13, 1945 Prime Minister Clement R. Attlee of the United Kingdom addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 19, 1943Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
December 26, 1941Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 20, 1934 Ambassador Andre’ de Laboulaye of France addressed a Joint Session of Congress held to memorialize the centennial anniversary of the death of Lafayette.
December 18, 1874 A Joint Meeting of Congress is held to receive King Kalakaua of Hawaii.

Footnotes

1Joint Meetings and Joint Sessions recorded in Congressional Directory and Congressional Record.