US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues meets Dalai Lama

US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Sarah Sewall (center), walks outside the Dalai Lama's residence in McLeod Ganj.

US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Sarah Sewall (center), walks outside the Dalai Lama's residence after meeting with him for about an hour in McLeod Ganj, India, on 16 November 2014. On right is Sonam Norbu Dagpo, the Secretary for International Relations at the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, and on left is Kaydor Aukatsang, Dalai Lama's Representative for North America. Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 16 November 2014

US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Sarah Sewall, met with the Dalai Lama at his residence in McLeod Ganj on Sunday.

Sewall, who was in Dharamshala for a two-day visit, refused to take questions after the meeting, which went on for about an hour.

Dalai Lama’s secretary Tenzin Taklha said, “His Holiness and Ms Sewall discussed issues of mutual interest.” He didn’t give any further details.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Central Tibetan Administration, met with the US diplomat on Saturday.

An official working at Sangay’s office, who did not want to be named, said they may have discussed the US aid to Tibetan exiles, the situation of Tibetan refugees, and the current situation of the Tibet-China dialogue.

Sewall also met with Tibetan NGOs on Saturday.

Earlier she was in Nepal where she met with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, and other senior government officials to discuss bilateral coordination on key issues, including Nepal’s progress toward adopting a constitution and completing its democratic transition.

She also visited the Tibetan refugee settlements in Kathmandu and Pokhara when she was there from 9 November to the 14th.

According to a US State Department press release Sewall has announced a new award of 3.2 million US dollars for a Tibetan Health Project to provide quality health services, end preventable child and maternal deaths, and create tuberculosis-free communities, for Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal.

Among others accompanying her was Susan F Kyle, Programme Officer for South Asia, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

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