Tibetan rights group welcomes appointment of Uzra Zeya as new US envoy for Tibetan issues




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Dec 21 2021 01:16 STI

Washington [US], Dec. 21 (ANI): The International Campaign for Tibet welcomed the appointment of Uzra Zeya as the new US special coordinator for Tibetan issues and expressed the hope that she will proactively work to promote dialogue between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese leaders.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced Monday that Zeya, Under Secretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights, will serve as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, with immediate effect .
Zeya, who has decades of senior experience in U.S. foreign policy, including on the Tibet issue, will now serve as the Biden administration’s resource person for efforts to resolve the Tibetan issue, to promote Tibetan identity, protect Tibetan culture and heritage, and support the human rights of the Tibetan people, who have lived under China’s oppressive regime for more than six decades.
Zeya will be the first American Indian to play this role. India is home to the largest population of Tibetan exiles in the world.

“The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the appointment of Uzra Zeya as the new US special coordinator for Tibetan issues,” said Acting ICT President Bhuchung K. Tsering. “We anticipate that as a person familiar with the Tibetan issue, Zeya will proactively work to promote dialogue between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese leadership, as well as to defend American interests in Tibet and to advance the cause of American Tibetans and Tibetans around the globe. “
“As mandated by the Tibetan Politics and Support Act last year, we urge Special Coordinator Zeya to take the lead in rallying support from like-minded countries to formulate a common approach on the Tibetan issue. We look forward to working with Special Coordinator Uzra Zeya, ”Tsering said.
Zeya’s appointment follows bipartisan letters from Congress sent to Zeya on December 14 with the assumption that she would become the next special coordinator. Letters – directed by Sense. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., And Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., And Reps Jim McGovern, D-Mass., And Chris Smith, R-NJ – outline several areas where Congress and the administration can work together to advance US policy on Tibet.
Namgyal Choedup, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Central Administration in North America, said: “On behalf of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Central Administration, I congratulate Undersecretary Uzra Zeya for her appointment as Special Coordinator. for Tibetan questions. We look forward to working closely with her, especially on resolving the Tibet issue through the middle lane approach. We would also like to thank the United States Congress and Administration for their unwavering support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for the just cause of Tibet. “
Blinken said, “This designation demonstrates the administration’s commitment to advancing the human rights of Tibetans, helping to preserve their distinct heritage, meeting their humanitarian needs, and meeting the environmental and water challenges of the country. Tibetan plateau. ” (ANI)