Washington DC: Kalon Norzin Dolma and Secretary Karma Choeying of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) arrived in Washington DC on Sunday, 20 February 2022, for a week-long meeting within the State Department and on the Hill.
Kalon Norzin Dolma met with the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Under Secretary of State for Civilian, Security, Democracy, and Human Rights(J) Uzra Zeya in her office at the State Department today 24 February 2022.
At the State Department, Kalon Norzin Dolma also met with Rashad Hussain, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom; Nancy Izzo Jackson-A/Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration(PRM); and Scott Busby-A/Assistant Secretary of the State for Democracy, Rights and Labor(DRL). DIIR Secretary Karma Choeying, Representative Namgyal Choedup and Secretary Tashi Dhondup from the Office of Tibet accompanied Kalon in the meetings at the State Department.
This is Kalon’s first official visit abroad after taking oath on 10 November 2021, and the first in-person meeting of a leader of the Central Tibetan Administration with Under Secretary Zeya. Kalon greeted the Under Secretary on behalf of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sikyong Penpa Tsering. Kalon briefed about the current CTA administration’s firm commitment to the Middle Way Approach and the proactive approach it is taking to resolve the Tibet issue. The visit is to lay the groundwork for future engagements between the US Administration and CTA in resolving the Tibet issue.
Kalon thanked her for the time and support and looks forward to continuing working with her.
Under Secretary Zeya congratulated Kalon on her appointment as the Minister and expressed her eagerness to visit Dharamsala to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the CTA officials in the coming months.
Under Secretary Zeya convened her first official meeting virtually with the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Central Tibetan Administration to North America Namgyal Choedup on 22 December 2021 after being designated as the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.
-Filed by OoT, Washington DC