US Special Coordinator visits Dharamshala to discuss Tibetan refugee issues

North Gazette News/Dharamshala
US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Sarah Sewall along with other members of a delegation arrived today in north Indian hill town Dharamshala here.

Officials of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) welcomed them at Kangra Airport here. The eight-member delegation is here on a two-day visit and they will meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, PM in-exile Lobsang Sangay and visit various Tibetan settlements here.

Ngodup Dorjee, Secretary, Social and Resource Development department of CTA says, “I am here to receive the under secretary of United States of America and the ambassador Mr Stefin who are visiting Dharamshala and on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration we have come here to receive them. They wanted to visit CTA Dharamshala and also some of the projects funded by the states department.”

According to a press release from the US State Department the eight-member delegation is on their visit to Nepal and India from 9 – 16 November 2014, “As the United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Under Secretary Sewall will also travel to Dharamsala, India to discuss Tibetan refugee issues.

She will announce a new award of $3.2 million for a Tibetan Health System Strengthening Project to universalize access to quality health services, and especially to end preventable child and maternal deaths and create tuberculosis free communities, for Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal,” the press release said.