Dharamshala: Nancy Pelosi, a. strong backer of the Tibetan cause, on being elected as the Speaker of the US House of Representative had the Tibetan Government-in-exile and the Dalai Lama send out a congratulatory note.
“I have no doubt,” the Dalai Lama wrote, “that as Speaker of the House, you will continue to play a crucial role in advancing the hopes and aspirations of the people of the United States, while also helping to shape a more peaceful and harmonious world. As always, I would like to express my deep respect and gratitude to you for your firm and ongoing support for the Tibetan people, as well as the personal friendship you have shown me.”
On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration, President Dr Lobsang Sangay congratulated Ms Pelosi for being re-elected as the House Speaker for the fourth term.
In a congratulatory letter, Dr. Sangay wrote, “It gives me great joy to congratulate you on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people for your well-deserved re-election as the House Speaker for the fourth non-consecutive term”.
“You are known as a fearless leader who always endeavoured for the greater good irrespective of the challenges. Through your leadership, you ensured equality and inclusivity of all and championed significant issues, including human rights”, he added.
“We can’t thank you enough for being a powerful voice against the Chinese government’s human rights violations and injustices, including in Tibet. Thank you for securing the passage of landmark legislation such as the Tibet Policy and Support Act 2019 that seeks to challenge China’s spiraling human rights violations and growing defiance of international laws. I hope that other democracies would follow the US lead”.
Recounting the several meetings between him and the Speaker, the President of CTA adds, “I had the privilege of meeting several times and your visit to Dharmshala is memorable. We once again express our sincerest congratulations and wish you success in all your endeavours and may you continue to be the beacon of hope and inspiration”.