With the Dalai Lama celebrating the 85th birthday worldwide, the US has thanked India for providing shelter to the Tibetan religious leader since 1959. The Dalai Lama has been living in India ever since China invaded Tibet in 1959. The exiled government of Tibet operates from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. There are about 1,60,000 Tibetans living in India.
The US State Department’s South and Central Asian Bureau tweeted on Monday, “Happy 85th birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.” You have inspired the world with peace and kindness as a symbol of the Tibetan people and their heritage. We thank India for giving shelter to His Holiness and the Tibetan people since 1959. ”
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Parliament Nancy Pelosi also wished the Tibetan spiritual leader on his birthday. He tweeted, “The Dalai Lama is the messenger of Asha. Mercy, religious harmony, human rights, their spiritual guidance play an important role in protecting the culture and language of the Tibetan people. ”
Pelosi said that it is sad that the wishes of His Holiness and the Tibetan people have not been fulfilled as the oppressive Chinese government has continued its campaign of torturing the people. He said that in defense of those who are being harassed by Beijing, the US Parliament has always raised a voice and will always raise it.
In January, Democrat members of the House of Representatives favored Tibet policy and support legislation in support of the rights of the Tibetan people. Under this law, the US side is clear that if Beijing’s interference in the election of the 14th Dalai Lama would violate the religious freedom of the Tibetan people. Pelosi said, “The Senate must pass this law and support the friendship relationship between America, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.”