Dharamshala: - The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has named Sarah Sewall, the undersecretary of State for civilian security, democracy and human rights, to also serve as special coordinator for Tibet issues.
According to the State Department, Ms. Sewall's responsibilities will include working to promote substantive dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Dalai Lama or his representatives.
She will coordinate government's policies, programmes, and projects on Tibetan issues globally, and particularly within the context of our bilateral relationships with China, India and Nepal, where there are significant populations of Tibetans, a statement said.
Ms. Sewall was sworn in as the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights on February 20.
State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said there was no change in the U.S. policy and America considers Tibet a part of the People's Republic of China. "But we believe it's important and urge the Chinese Government to resume dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his representative to reduce tensions".
Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay welcomed Dr. Sewall’s appointment as both the Under Secretary and Special Coordinator for Tibet issues.
“Dr. Sewall brings deep knowledge and passion on human rights issues and will make a very strong Under Secretary and Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues. I want to thank Secretary of State, John Kerry for the appointment and the US Senate for the confirmation and look forward to meeting and working with her,” said the Sikyong.
Dr. Sewall is the fifth U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. Maria Otero, Paula Dobriansky, the late Julia Taft, and Gregory Craig also served in this position.