By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 4 May 2018
US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster met with the Dalai Lama this morning at his residence in McLeod Ganj, but details of the discussions were not made available.
Juster was accompanied by four other US government officials, including two from the embassy in Delhi and two from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Interacting with the press after the meeting, Juster said, “The meeting with His Holiness was tremendous. He is a very inspirational figure. We had a wonderful discussion, and it would be terrific if he were able at some point to travel to America. I was very inspired to be in his presence, and to learn from him, as was the rest of the delegation.
On pressure from the journalists for information about the discussions, the diplomat said, “We had discussions on a range of subjects, but most important was his view about how the inner peace of individuals can spread and bring broader peace to mankind. Again, it was a wonderful visit, I’m very pleased to be here.”
Asked whether President Trump would meet the Dalai Lama if he goes to the US, Juster said, “Well, again, we will see what happens in time.”
He arrived here yesterday, and met with Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration, popularly known as the Tibetan Government-in-exile.
Sangay honoured the ambassador with an official dinner at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts after a cultural performance by artistes of the Institute.
Juster also visited various Tibetan establishments, including the Tibet Museum beside the Dalai Lama’s residence.
It was the ambassador’s first visit to the exile Tibetan capital McLeod Ganj. He assumed the current responsibility in November 2017.
The US Congress has approved a spending bill that includes $17 million that will be used to support Tibetans in and out of Tibet for the fiscal year 2018. Of the total, $8 million were earmarked for Tibetans inside Tibet and $9 million for the Tibetan community in India and Nepal.