Exile Tibetan leadership congratulates Nancy Pelosi on her re-election as US House Speaker

DHARAMSALA, 5 Jan: The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as the political head of the Tibetan people, Dr Lobsang Sangay and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, have extended their congratulations to Nancy Pelosi on her re-election as the US House Speaker.

Congratulating the Nancy Pelosi on securing a fourth term as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, the Dalai Lama said in a missive addressed to her that, “I have no doubt, that as Speaker of the House, you will continue to play a crucial role in advancing the hopes and aspirations of the people of the United States, while also helping to shape a more peaceful and harmonious world.”

The Tibetan Nobel Laureate has further expressed his “deep respect and gratitude” to her for her “firm and ongoing support for the Tibetan people and for their personal friendship.

The octogenarian Tibetan leader concluded by offering his prayers and good wishes to her.

The Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) President Dr Lobsang Sangay has also written a missive to Speaker Nancy Pelosi to congratulate her on behalf of the CTA and Tibetan people.

“It gives me great joy to congratulate you on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people for your well-deserved reelection as the House Speaker for the fourth non-consecutive term,” it read.

President Sangay commended the Speaker for being “a fearless leader who always endeavoured for greater good irrespective of the challenges,” ensuring equality and inclusivity of all and championing significant issues such as Human rights under her leadership.

“We can’t thank you enough for being a powerful voice against the Chinese government’s human rights violations and injustices, including in Tibet. Thank you for securing the passage of landmark legislation such as the Tibet Policy and Support Act 2019 that seeks to challenge China’s spiralling human rights violations and growing defiance of the international laws. I hope that other democracies would follow the US lead,” he stated in the letter.

He concluded by offering the “sincerest congratulations” on behalf of the CTA and the Tibetan people and wished her success in her endeavours and the that the Speaker continues to be the beacon of hope and inspiration.

Extending his “heartiest congratulations,” to the US Speaker on behalf of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and all Tibetans in and outside Tibet, Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok wrote,  “You are one of the genuine and ardent supporters who have closely been with our struggle. We are truly grateful to you for your consistent support and kindness towards the Tibetans and also thankful for the recent passage of Tibet Support and Policy Act 2020. We truly admire your leadership and determination of working towards a better cause.”

Describing the US Speaker as a “champion of International Democracy and Human rights,”  he added, “Your victory signifies the faith and trust that people have in your leadership. Your Honesty, dedication, sincerity and humility as a leader is truly admirable. I would like to thank you on behalf of the Tibetans inside Tibet in particular. We appreciate and applaud you for always standing by Truth, Justice and Human Values. Under your leadership and guidance and with the support of the US Government, We hope to resolve the issue of Tibet at the earliest.”

Nancy Pelosi, the first and the only female US Speaker of the House was re-elected to the post on Sunday. She was narrowly re-elected after she secured 216 votes while Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, won 192 votes.

Pelosi, 80, has previously held the position from 2007 to 2011 before she became the first politician in 58 years to take back the gavel in the US after she was elected the Speaker of the US House of Representatives in Jan 2019.

She will now serve as the 53rd Speaker of the US House of Representatives and as the third in line to the presidency.

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