A delegation of US House of Representatives led by speaker Nancy Pelosi with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at main Tibetan temple in Dharamshala, India, March 21, 2008. Photo: TPI/Yeshe Choesang

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Dharamshala – The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile unanimously passed a formal resolution of gratitude to former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, one of the strongest and most prominent advocates for Tibet, children's rights, the environment and the voice of the voiceless, on the fourth day of the budget session of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

On the fourth day of the budget session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, MP Tsering Lhamo introduced a motion highlighting House Speaker Emerita Pelosi's unprecedented leadership and support for the continued strengthening of the bipartisan commitment of the US Congress to advancing the cause of Tibet in the US Congress, which has consistently proven to be a tremendous source of hope and inspiration for Tibetans around the world, especially in Tibet.

The resolution, on behalf of all Tibetans in Tibet and in exile, expresses its gratitude to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives for her lifelong commitment to the just cause of Tibet and for being a true friend of Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan legislators unanimously passed the resolution of gratitude with a thunderous standing ovation in the house and also praised Nancy Pelosi's fearless leadership, commitment and unyielding perseverance in defending the freedom, justice and democracy of those oppressed by China, which she remarkably demonstrated during her visit to Taiwan in August last year, despite repeated warnings from the authorities in Beijing.

In addition, Members of Parliament unanimously recommended that a major celebration of gratitude be held in the near future in honour of Speaker Pelosi, who has been and continues to be one of the most important and significant supporters of Tibet.

Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has long been a close friend of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and a strong supporter of Tibetan issues. She has been a vocal critic of human rights abuses and the lack of freedom in occupied Tibet under the repressive rules of the communist regime. She is very close to the hearts of many Tibetans and other voiceless people in China. She is a champion of international democracy and human rights. She stands for truth, justice and human values. Therefore, she received the prestigious Democracy Award in December 2020. She won a fourth term as Speaker of the US House of Representatives. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in US history to hold this position and the highest elected official in US history until Kamala Harris was appointed Vice President.