By Tenzin Dharpo
CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay and Representative Ngodup Tsering with Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Jim McGovern in Washington DC. photo- tibet.net
DHARAMSHALA, April 13: The President of the exiled Tibetan government, known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration, who is in the United States on an official visit met with key American politicians in the country’s capital, where he pushed on key agendas like the appointment of Special Coordinator for Tibet and the Reciprocal Access to Tibet bill.
Dr. Lobsang Sangay called on Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jim McGovern, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman emeritus of the House committee on Foreign Affairs and Congressman Steve Chabot on Thursday. Dr. Sangay urged them “to raise the issue concerning the appointment of Special Coordinator for Tibet; Reciprocal Access to Tibet bill 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.”
The President also expressed gratitude to the members of congress 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.
Representative Ngodup Tsering of the Office of Tibet office in Washington accompanied the Tibetan President during the meetings in Capitol Hill.
On April 11, Dr. Sangay along with Richard Gere, Chairman of ICT Board, Matteo Meccaci, President of ICT, met with Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The day earlier, President Sangay also met with Senator Steve Daines (R- Montana) who is also a commissioner of Congressional Executive Commission on China.
During the meetings with the US politicians, the Tibetan President was reported to have primarily briefed them on the on the critical situation in Tibet, Middle Way Approach, Sino-Tibet Dialogue, Self immolation, the functions and activities of the Central Tibetan Administration, in addition to the appointment of Special Coordinator for Tibet and progress of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet bill, official reports said.