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McCollum Meets with the Dalai Lama on Delegation Traveling to India, Nepal, Germany, and Belgium

May 9, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) is joining House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on a bipartisan Congressional delegation this week to India, Nepal, Germany and Belgium focusing on national security, the global economy, bilateral and multilateral relations, and human rights. On Tuesday, Congresswoman McCollum and the bipartisan delegation met with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

"With the credibility of American leadership in the world being questioned, it is absolutely critical for American policymakers to be engaging in dialogue with international counterparts, particularly to promote security cooperation, democracy, and human rights. This bipartisan congressional delegation, headed by Leader Nancy Pelosi, has been warmly received in Germany, Nepal and India,” Congresswoman McCollum said. "For me, it is a particularly profound honor to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a leader who transcends the momentary discord of politics in pursuit of peace, justice, and dignity for all mankind.”

Joining Congresswoman McCollum and Leader Pelosi on the delegation are Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).