WASHINGTON, DC: The Office of Special coordinator for Tibetan issues, at the State Department organised 4th Tibetan Losar Celebration in the State department today.
The program was presided by Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, Steve Goldstein and attended by Ambassador-at-Large, Sam Brownback, former Ambassador to Mongolia, Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Representative Ngodup Tsering and Heads of VOA and RFA (Tibetan section) among others.
Chief Guest of the event was Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, Steven Goldstein. He spoke about the US Government stand on Tibetan issues and the scholarships provided to more than 400 Tibetan students, many of who are serving Central Tibetan Administration including CTA President, Dr. Lobsang Sangay.
Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback spoke strongly and openly in support of religious freedom and protection of Tibetan culture and language, as specified in Tibet Policy Act 2002. It was followed by introduction and speech by Representative Ngodup Tsering.
He started by wishing every one ‘Happy Losar’ and expressed gratitude to the Government and People of United States for all political, financial and educational support rendered to the Tibetans.
He reminded that what has happened with Tibet is now happening in many countries. “It has started off with Tibet but can end with you,” he said stressing the need to be more mindful.
He also acknowledged Secretary of State, for continuing with the tradition of Losar celebration at the State Department and Under Secretary, for presiding over the function, He also expressed thanks to former Under Secretary and Special Coordinator, Sarah Sewell, who instituted this Losar Celebration at State Department to honor and celebrate Tibetan culture. It is for the first time that the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and CTA were invited to make a remark on this event.
The program began by prayer from Khenpo Samdup of Drigung Dharma Center followed by Opera songs by former members of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Karma and Tashi Yangzom providing a glimpse to the Tibetan religion and culture.
Tencho Gyatso and her volunteer team, including Office of Tibet staff, Yungdrung Lhamo created special and splendid Losar Derka. They offered traditional Tibetan drink, Chang to all the attendees with Chang-shey.
CATA President Namkha requested for earliest appointment of Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues.
It was attended by near to hundred guests who were officials at State Department, Congressional staff and people from civil societies.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC-