In A First In Six Decades, Tibetan Govt-In-Exile President Visits White House

In a first in six decades, Sikyong or the political head of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Dr Lobsang Sangay visited the White House.

White House and US State Department had denied entry to CTA head since so long as the US administration did not recognise the Tibetan government in exile which operates from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.

Dr Sangay became the first Sikyong to be formally invited into the US State Department to meet Assistant Secretary and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Robert Destro last month.

“Today’s visit amounts to an acknowledgement of both the democratic system of the CTA and its political head. Dr Sangay met with White House officials. Prior to this meeting, Dr Sangay had met with White House officials in undisclosed meetings and locations over a dozen times in the past 10 years since he became the CTA’s Sikyong in 2011. This unprecedented meeting perhaps will set an optimistic tone for CTA participation with US officials and be more formalized in the coming years,” CTA said in a statement.

Just two days back, the US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution recognizing cultural and religious significance of an autonomous Tibet and seeking peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Incidentally, in a report titled ‘The Elements of the China Challenge’, released by the office of the US Secretary of State, the United States described Tibet as a militarily occupied territory of China.

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