McLeod Ganj : The Central Tibetan Administration hosted a grand welcome reception for the six bipartisan Congressional delegation of the U.S House of Democracy Partnership at T-building in Gangchen Kyishong. Heads of the three pillars of democratic Tibetan administration in exile, representatives of the three Autonomous bodies of CTA, Kalons of various CTA departments, officials and staff of CTA filled the auditorium to pay their respect and expressed their gratitude to the Congressional delegation. President Dr Lobsang Sangay convened the event by delivering a welcome speech to honour the visit of the delegation. Recounting on the series of events participated by the delegation, President Sangay remarked that the meeting of the delegation with His Holiness was the most consequential part of their two-day engagements in Dharamshala beside other notable events.
President further remarked that for someone like the Dalai Lama, who gets up at 2:30 am daily who follows a systematic schedule every day, and despite that His Holiness today dedicated much of his time interacting with the delegation is certainly special and meaningful. President reminded the gathering that His Holiness parting message to the delegation exemplifies the strengthening love and respect shared between the Americans and Tibetans. President quoted His Holiness message which said, “today we will separate physically by saying goodbyes but in spirit, we will remain united”. Meanwhile, His Holiness also urged the delegation to support the Tibetans so long their movement remains moral and non-violent.
President also reminded that the presence of such high-level Congressional delegation in Dharamshala is sending a strong positive message to Beijing that democracy is inevitable and universal. President pointed out that the presence of delegation in Dharamshala where three pillars of Tibetan democratic government in exile is seated signifies that democracy and human rights are the values that need to be embraced and supported. “For the Tibetans inside Tibet, your presence reassures and reaffirms their belief in the just cause of Tibet by sending them hope and inspiration”, asserted President Sangay. By doing so, President was optimistic that Tibetans inside Tibet will regain their momentum to keep on going until freedom is restored in Tibet until His Holiness returns to Tibet. President also declared that the Tibetans inside Tibet will continue to look up to the U.S for their support based on today’s visit. President Dr Lobsang Sangay once again extended the heartfelt gratitude to the six members U.S Congressional delegation and remarked how honoured and privileged CTA is for hosting them in Dharamshala.
Congressman and Chairman of the U.S House of Democracy Partnership, David Price addressed the gathering while acknowledging their visit as a productive and encouraging one. In his noteworthy address, Chairman David Price drew attention to the special greeting sent by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the U.S House of Representatives who also visited Dharamshala along with an eight-member bipartisan delegation in the year 2017. Congressman Price enunciated Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decades’ long effort in championing the cause of human rights in China. Congressman Price informed that their visit to Dharamshala was particularly facilitated and encouraged by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and therefore it was utmost important that he conveys the Speaker’s greeting to the gathering. He remarked that meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and listening to his profound wisdom over the prolonged luncheon was the icing on the cake beside other eventful programs.
The delegation includes Congressman and Chairman David Price, Congressman and Vice-chair Vern Buchanan, Congresswoman Susan Davis, Congressman Neal Dunn, Congressman John Rutherford, and Congressman Gerry Connolly.