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In pictures: US officials meet the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, send a message to China

The team, led by Michael McCaul, a Republican representative from Texas, who also chairs the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, includes Democratic former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Our Web Desk Published 19.06.24, 01:58 PM
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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the US Congressional delegation pose for a group photo after a meeting at his residence, in Dharamsala, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. In a significant yet contentious diplomatic move, a group of influential U.S. lawmakers recently met with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at his serene abode in India's Himalayan region. This visit comes despite stern warnings from China, which continues to label the revered Buddhist monk as a separatist.

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a meeting with US Congressional delegation at his residence, in Dharamsala, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. The bipartisan delegation, consisting of seven prominent figures, met the 88-year-old Nobel Peace laureate at his monastery in the northern town of Dharamsala. Their arrival was met with an enthusiastic reception from local school children, Buddhist monks, and nuns, who welcomed the lawmakers.

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama being greeted by US representative Michael McCaul during a meeting with US Congressional delegation at his residence, in Dharamsala, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Leading the delegation was Michael McCaul, a Republican representative from Texas and the current chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The group also included notable Democratic former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, underscoring the bipartisan nature of the visit.

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama during a meeting with former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other US Congressional delegation at his residence, in Dharamsala, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. One of the key issues on the agenda for the lawmakers was a U.S. bill aimed at pressuring China to resolve the longstanding Tibet dispute. This bill, which is currently awaiting President Joe Biden's signature, signifies a renewed American focus on Tibetan rights and autonomy.

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama being greeted by US representative Jim McGovern during a meeting with US Congressional delegation at his residence, in Dharamsala, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Beijing, predictably, has expressed serious concern over both the visit and the proposed legislation. China's government has long accused the Dalai Lama of being a dangerous 'splittist' and has repeatedly warned international leaders against engaging with him.

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