(TibetanReview.net, Jan05’19) – Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has on Jan 3 congratulated Nancy Pelosi on her election as the Speaker of the US House of Representatives as the Democratic Party took control of the lower chamber of the US Congress. Pelosi remains one of the staunchest supporters of the Tibet issue in the US Congress and has met with the Dalai Lama a number of times, including during two visits to Dharamsala, India, in Mar 2008 and May 2017.
In his congratulatory message, the Dalai Lama has called the United States the leading nation of the free world and reiterated his confidence that Pelosi would help provide leadership during these difficult times in her role as the Speaker.
He has also thanked Pelosi, 78, for her personal friendship and for her loyal and unwavering support in the past decades to the just cause of the Tibetan people.
“Your friendship, support and solidarity during this most difficult period in Tibet’s long history have been a source of hope, inspiration and strength in our enduring and challenging quest for justice and freedom,” he has said.
“Consequently, notwithstanding the uncertainty and upheaval we are presently witnessing in different parts of the world, including the continuing plight of my compatriots in Tibet, I remain hopeful and optimistic that ultimately truth, justice and human reasoning and decency will prevail.”
With her election, the California Democrat became the third most powerful person in the United States.
Pelosi also made history as she reclaimed a title she previously held when she served as the first and so far only female House speaker from 2007 to 2011.
A small but vocal faction of Democrats initially worked to derail Pelosi’s bid to become the next speaker following the 2018 midterm elections, but no challenger against her ever emerged and she ultimately succeeded in winning over many of her critics, noted cnn.com Jan 3.
Pelosi was first elected to the House in 1987 and is now on her 17th term.