President Dr Lobsang Sangay and Representative Ngodup Tsering with Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Jim McGovern in Washington DC on April 12, 2018. Photo: CTA

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Dharamshala — Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay spent several days in Washington DC meeting Congress members including Leader Nancy Pelosi, Representatives Jim McGovern, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Ted Yoho with an agenda to lobby for Tibet's Special Coordinator and the passing of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet bill.
President Dr Lobsang Sangay and Representative Ngodup Tsering of the Office of Tibet met Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jim McGovern, Co-Chair of Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at the Capitol Building April 12. Both Leader Pelosi and Representative McGovern have visited Dharamshala and are friends with both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the government in exile. Dr Sangay also met Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House committee on Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill. The President thanked the members of congress for supporting Tibet cause in general and particularly for approving funding for Tibetan projects and programs where there is an additional funding of $3 million to strengthen the capacity of Tibetan institutions and governance in exile. He urged them to raise the issue concerning the appointment of Special Coordinator for Tibet; Reciprocal Access to Tibet bill (H.R. no 1872; Senate resolution 429) which supports human rights and religious freedom for Tibet; and the concurrent resolution 89 expressing the sense of congress with respect to US policy towards Tibet. On April 13, President Sangay and Representative Ngodup Tsering met with Congressman Ted Yoho, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on East Asia at his office in Cannon House Office Building. Dr Sangay also urged Congressman Yoho to support the speedy appointment of Special Coordinator for Tibet and to support the passage of the bill on Reciprocal Access to Tibet. Both leaders shared their views and thoughts on the critical situation of Tibet and also about the growing influence of China in the international arena. Dr Sangay emphasised how Tibet issue and the Buddhist factor fits in the larger Indo-Pacific strategy geo-politically, culturally and environmentally. The Congressman assured his continuous support and said he is looking forward to working together to resolve the Tibet issue.