Dharamshala: The President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay welcomed the US Delegation at the Norbulingka Institute today around 4:30 pm.
Dr Sangay accorded the ceremonial welcome of the US delegation by offering a traditional Tibetan khatak.
At the gathering in the Norbulingka restaurant, Dr Sangay remarked that it was a joyous and an honoured moment for CTA to have the presence of some of the high-level US Congressional delegation of the House of Democracy Partnership in Dharamshala.
Dr Sangay recounted about his last meeting with Congressman David Price last November where both he and the Congressman Price had a discourse on wide-ranging Tibet and Tibetan related topic particularly the discussion on the system of Tibetan democracy in exile.
Because of the conversation that transpired between Congressman Price and President Sangay, the visit of the delegation took place today as Congressman Price expressed his earnest wish to visit.
“This is by far the fastest invitation accepted and executed by any parliamentary delegation,” remarked President Sangay.
Dr Sangay also announced that His Holiness the Dalai Lama was pleased about hearing their arrival in Dharamshala, and there will be a luncheon reception for the delegation at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence tomorrow.
Congressman David Price expressed joy over his productive visit to Dharamshala and said, “We are interested in the representation work of the Tibetan parliament in exile.”
He thanked Dr Sangay for arranging an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for the luncheon they will be having with His Holiness afterwards.
He once again thanked the Central Tibetan Administration for the invitation.
Later, US delegation visited the Institute’s temple and toured around Institute’s workshop to see Tibetan artwork and crafts such as thangka painting, statue making, woodcarving, tailoring, weaving etc.
A total of 6-member U.S Congressional delegation led by Chairman David Price and Vice-chair Vern Buchanan of the House of Democracy Partnership have arrived in Dharamshala along with the staffers.
The delegation will be in Dharamshala for two days where they will be meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and afterwards will interact with Cabinet.