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High-level US team arrives in India to meet Dalai Lama

The delegation comprised former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congress members Mariannette Miller, Gregory Meeks, Nicole Malliotakis, Jim McGovern and Ami Bera.

Former US House speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media as she arrives with a US delegation at the airport in Dharamsala in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh to meet Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

A HIGH-LEVEL US Congressional delegation led by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Michael McCaul arrived in Dharamsala in India’s Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday (18) to meet Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

The delegation comprised former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congress members Mariannette Miller, Gregory Meeks, Nicole Malliotakis, Jim McGovern and Ami Bera.

The delegation is on a two-day visit here and will meet the Dalai Lama, 88, on Wednesday (19) morning, officials said.

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After arrival at the Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala, McCaul expressed enthusiasm about the visit and said, “We are excited to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to talk about many things, including the bill which passed by Congress basically says that the United states of America stands with the people of Tibet.”

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Asked if US president Joe Biden will sign the bill, McCaul said, “Yes, he will.”

Officials of the Dharamsala-based Central Tibetan Administration, including Dolma Tsering, the minister for information and international relations, greeted the delegation at the airport.

(With PTI inputs)

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