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US Lawmakers praise India for hosting Tibetans during meeting with PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a US Congressional delegation which called on him in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a US Congressional delegation which called on him in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

(TibetanReview.net, May13, 2017) – While exchanging views on cooperation, terrorist threats, and global warming, a high-level US Congressional delegation led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also discussed human rights issues, including Tibet, during its meeting May 11 with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, reported voanews.com May 11.

In particular, Pelosi expressed gratitude to the government and people of India for their treatment of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people whom the delegation had met during their visit to Dharamshala over May 9-10.

The 77-year-old Democratic leader from California was quoted as saying, “In our meetings with top government officials, the delegation expressed our gratitude to the Indian government and people of India for hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and for the support of Tibetans living in India.”

Meanwhile, in an Op-Ed without the name of the author, globaltimes.cn, run by China’s party mouthpiece People’s Daily, May 11 sought to dismiss the meeting between Pelosi and the Dalai Lama as a “stage show” before their political exit.

The Op-Ed suggested that US President Donald Trump had been “propelled to abandon the polices of the Democratic Party of playing the cards of human rights and democracy, as these moves are doomed to fail.”

The Op-Ed said the US political landscape was changing in the face of rising China and its policy and diplomacy, as well as its consideration over democracy and human rights, needed to be adjusted to keep with the times.

Besides Pelosi, the delegation included Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, Eliot Engel, Jim McGovern, Betty McCollum, Judy Chu, Joyce Beatty and Pramila Jayapal. Sensenbrenner was the only Republican in the delegation.

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