Pelosi Remarks at Meeting with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Tibetan Prime Minister Sikyong Lobsang Sangay


Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer met with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Tibetan Prime Minister Sikyong Lobsang Sangay today in the Capitol.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, thank you so much for hosting this meeting once again.  As you mentioned in your remarks, this has always been a bipartisan welcome to His Holiness The Dalai Lama.  We’re honored, as always, to welcome you here – and the Prime Minister, who has assumed your political responsibilities.  Thank you for inspiring us once again.

“As the Speaker said, bipartisan – and I was thinking as you spoke, when President Bush was here, when you received the Congressional Gold Medal.  And then two weeks ago, once again, you visited the White House – whether it’s a Republican President or a Democratic President.  This time, President Obama associated himself with the human rights and culture of Tibet to be preserved.  What is happening in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world.  Thank you for your leadership in guiding us through it.

“I’ll just tell you one story, Mr. Speaker.  When I was visiting His Holiness in India, we were greeting people coming across the mountains from Tibet, and they were describing horrible stories of what was happening to them there.  So, when we had lunch with the other Lamas who had come from all over, I said: ‘Well, we really have to speak out and have to point out what the Chinese are doing there.’  And when His Holiness started to speak next, he said: ‘Nancy, we must rid you of your negative attitude.’

[Laughter]

“And that’s it, through torture and all the rest, always at the highest level, an inspiration to us.  Thank you.”

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