The historic visit marked an optimistic step for Tibet.
For the first time in the last six decades, the President of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, officially known as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), was formally invited into the White House.
The current president, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, visited on 21 November.
According to the CTA, Dr. Sangay met with White House officials. He was also formally invited into the US State Department to meet Assistant Secretary and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Robert Destro, who was appointed in October. Dr. Sangay became the first CTA president to be formally invited into the US State Department.
Sangay said of the meeting, “The unprecedented meeting further strengthens the narrative that the Central Tibetan Administration will be treated akin to other governments by the US State Department and it is yet another win for Tibetans and allies.”
Both historic visits signify an acknowledgement of the CTA by the US government. It also indicates further support for the Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019.
Support for Tibet appears to be growing in the US, with the government also placing a sanction on Chen Quanguo in June earlier this year. Chen Quanguo was the Chinese Communist Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) from August 2011 - August 2016. He is currently the Chinese Communist Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
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