A high level US congressional delegation arrives in Dharamshala today and the US diplomats were received at the Gaggal airport by the Secretary of International Relations Sonam Dagpo and secretary (information) Dhardon Sharling from Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration. The delegation will be visiting the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The eight-member bipartisan delegation is led by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of the U.S. House of Representatives. The delegation consists of Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Jim McGovern, Representative Betty McCollum, Representative Judy Chu, Representative Joyce Beatty and Representative Pramila Jayapal.
Four members of the delegation: Nancy Pelosi, Jim McGovern, Betty McCollum and Joyce Beatty were a part of the Congressional delegation that visited Tibet in November 2015.
“As we visit His Holiness the Dalai Lama, our bipartisan delegation comes in his spirit of faith and peace. We come on this visit to be inspired by His Holiness and demonstrate our commitment to the Tibetan people, to their faith, their culture and their language,” Nancy Pelosi said.
The delegation also visited the Tibetan communities in Nepal prior coming to Dharamshala. The US congressional delegation raised the Tibet issue while meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal.
The high level US congressional delegation will be spending two days in Dharamshala meeting with the Central Tibetan Administration officials led by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay during their two days stay in the Indian town, Dharamshala.
The Central Tibetan Administration is organizing a public felicitation in honor of the congressional delegation’s visit to Dharamsala and His Holiness the Dalai Lama will grace the public felicitation tomorrow at the Tsuglakhang temple. The public event will be streamed live on Tibet TV from 9 am onwards.