Pelosi Statement on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Historic Visit to the Capitol
Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today after His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s bipartisan meeting with Members of Congress and a bicameral luncheon at the U.S. Capitol:
“Today, we were privileged to once again welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the United States Capitol. His Holiness honors us with his presence and the powerful message of peace, compassion, and freedom he shares with each visit.
“As a revered figure to Tibetans and people around the world, His Holiness reminds us of our great responsibility to act to safeguard human rights, promote equality, and protect our environment. His friendship with the United States, and the respect he has from leaders on both sides of the aisle, serve as a powerful tribute to the righteousness of the cause of Tibetan autonomy. If freedom-loving people do not speak out against oppression in Tibet, then we surrender all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world.
“Time and again, His Holiness reminds us that ‘real change comes through action.’ Through his teachings, His Holiness compels us to continue to serve with humility; through his words, we receive the wisdom that empowers us to serve with clarity of purpose; through his presence, we feel inspired to improve our communities and our world. With great admiration and affection, I was delighted to join our Speaker and our colleagues in a bipartisan way to welcome His Holiness back to the United States Capitol. May his example continue to guide our efforts to create a more just world.”
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