Dharamshala: Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile welcomed US Congressional Staffers delegation consisting of Michael Schiffer, Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff, Damian Murphy, Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff, Sajit Gandhi, House Foreign Affairs Committee staff and Buchung K. Tsering, Vice President, International Campaign for Tibet on 22 October at the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat.
During the meeting, Speaker expressed his delight over their visit and briefed the delegation on the His Holiness’s meetings with US Presidents as well as on the significance of Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act. He also commended the US parliament and government for all the support rendered towards the issues of Tibet, which he solicited, would continue in times to come.
He also delineated on the hard-line policies as implemented by the Chinese government in Tibet, especially, on racial discriminatory policies of China towards the Tibetan people in Tibet. He also provided the answers questions raised by them, viz., on causes of the decrease in numbers of Tibetans escaping from Tibet and on the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
They were taken for a guided tour to the Hall of the Tibetan Parliament.
-Filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat