Image Source : ANI PM Narendra Modi meets former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in New Delhi

New Delhi: A high-level US delegation of influential bipartisan lawmakers met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday. Those who met PM Modi included US House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul, and former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who met Tibet Spiritual leader Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamsala. Notably, this was the first big engagement of the US officials with an Indian leader after they met Dalai Lama on Wednesday. The meeting conveyed a significant message to China, who warned the US officials of their engagement with Tibet’s spiritual leader. Earlier on Tuesday, China warned the US delegation to refrain from meeting the Dalai Lama.

Why is the delegation in India?

The bipartisan seven-member group of American lawmakers is visiting India to meet the Nobel peace laureate, the Dalai Lama. The United States has long supported the rights of the Tibetan people to practice their religion and culture, and has accused China of human rights violations in the remote Himalayan region that borders India. A bipartisan bill passed this month by the US House of Representatives aims to push Beijing to hold talks with Tibetan leaders, stalled since 2010, to secure a negotiated agreement on Tibet and spur China to tackle Tibetan aspirations on historical, cultural, religious and linguistic identity. Among the delegation are the two authors of the act, titled ‘Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act’ or the Resolve Tibet Act, along with Nancy Pelosi, the former speaker of the US House of Representatives. The delegation also met officials of Tibet’s government in exile, which functions from India.

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