Pelosi Meets with Dalai Llama, Offers Support

Mar 21, 2008 5:49am

ABC New’s Nick Schifrin reports from Dharamsala: US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi made one of the highest-ranking  U.S. official visits ever to Dharamsala, India, the exile home of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Llama, today.

While standing next to the Dalai Llama, she denounced "China’s oppression of people in Tibet."

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

"If freedom loving people don’t speak out against China’s oppression of people in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak out against any oppressed people."

This visit by 10 members of Congress to the Dalai Lama’s home in exile was planned long before the current protests in Tibet began.

But Pelosi said, "Little did we know, we would be coming at such a sad time. Perhaps it was our karma, perhaps it was our fate … it was our karma because we are here to help the people of Tibet."

Pelosi and the rest of the congressional delegation were welcomed by the equivalent of a state visit, including 2,000 monks and other supporters waving Tibetan and U.S. flags. Pelosi and the rest of the congressional delegation were having lunch Friday with the Dalai Lama and will later hold pose for photographs, and perhaps take questions from the press.

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