Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay with Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, in Washington D.C., on February 13, 2020. Photo: OOT, Washington DC

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Washington D.C.— President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay met Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the United States House of Representatives in Washington D.C., on Thursday, thanking her for sponsoring the Tibetan policy and support act.

Dr Lobsang Sangay's meeting with Nancy Pelosi was held in Speaker's office in the capital of the United States and Tibetan President has thanked honorable Speaker for her strong support to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet, according to the OOT, Washington DC.

Speaker Pelosi has been a strong supporter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibet cause for decades. "We are supporting the Tibetan people’s right to religious freedom and genuine autonomy by formally establishing as U.S. policy that the Tibetan Buddhist community has the exclusive right to choose its religious leaders, including a future 15th Dalai Lama," said Pelosi during her Floor Speech in Support of the Tibet Policy Act of 2019.

Dr Sangay thanked the Speaker for her mentioning Sikyong during her speech, and the Speaker graciously replied, "It is my honor". Today, in the face of rising oppression by China, Congress has an urgent responsibility to act. "As Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration, has said, ‘the very survival of Tibetan culture and identity is in peril,’ Speaker Pelosi said, in Support of the Tibet Policy Act of 2019.

The OOT says 'Ngodup Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for North America invited Speaker Pelosi to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 85th birthday celebration at the Capitol, which she readily agreed to'.

Sikyong and his entourage also met with Majority Whip Representative Jim Clyburn to thank him for his leadership in helping pass the bill. After offering him a Khatak, traditional white scarf, the Majority Whip leader gifted in return Sikyong and the rest of the Office of Tibet staffers a Majority Whip emblem.

Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat senator for Pennsylvania, agreed to co-sponsor the Senate version of the Tibet Policy and Support Act (S.2539). He has been a vocal critic of unfair Chinese trade policies and rampant human rights violations. Sikyong explained to the senator the various ways the Chinese Communist Party represses Tibetans in Tibet and Senator Bob Casey said: "l can't imagine to be targeted of that kind of violence and discrimination".

The Tibetan leader concluded his marathon of meetings with a meeting with Alice Wells, the Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia. Sikyong appraised her of the dynamics between Nepal and China at the expense of vulnerable Tibetan refugees and also discussed with her other matters at large related to Tibet and Chinese interference and oppression.

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