Congressional delegation meets with Dalai Lama after passing the Resolve Tibet Act

June 20, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
Congresswoman Malliotakis pictured with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The white scarves worn are kataks, traditional Tibetan ceremonial garments offered as a sign of respect, gratitude, or greeting. Photo courtesy Office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis 
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DATELINE NEIGHBORHOOD — BROOKLYN CONGRESSMEMBER NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS TRAVELED this week on a bipartisan congressional delegation to India, where the group met with the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India. During the visit, Malliotakis presented His Holiness with gifts, including a framed photograph from The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island, which he previously visited in 1991, and an assortment of teas from the museum’s label.

While in India, the delegation also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and the US-India Business Council to discuss issues of national security, trade and increasing the strategic partnership between the two nations to reduce supply chain dependency on Communist China.

The Dalai Lama is pictured with Brooklyn Congresswoman Malliotakis and other members of the delegation, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), House Rules Committee Ranking Member Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific Ranking Member Ami Bera (D-CA). Photo courtesy Office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis
The Dalai Lama is pictured with Brooklyn Congresswoman Malliotakis and other members of the delegation, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), House Rules Committee Ranking Member Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific Ranking Member Ami Bera (D-CA). Photo courtesy Office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis

According to Reuters, the legislation that Congress passed on Wednesday, June 19, would block China from trying to influence the Dalai Lama’s choice of successor. Tibetan autonomy has been a sore point with China over a disputed Himalayan frontier. Both the U.S. and India are trying to stabilize relations with China.

Pointing out that New York City has “the largest Tibetan population outside of Asia,” Rep. Malliotakis said that the delegation discussed the Resolve Tibet Act, awaiting President Biden’s signature.

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