Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Monday welcomed the nomination of senator John Kerry as the next secretary of state of the United states, terming him a long term friend of Tibet.
"Senator Kerry is a long term friend of Tibet and brings extensive foreign policy credentials. He has deep understanding of the Tibet issue. I wish him a speedy confirmation and much success in his new role as the next united states' secretary of state," said Sangay in his message.
"I hope he will build on the efforts of secretary Hillary Clinton, elevate the Tibet issue and human rights as the American foreign policy is pivotal for Asia, and fully implement the Tibetan Policy Act," Sangay added.
Sangay further said that senator Kerry has a long record of support for Tibet, and helped steer two Tibet resolutions in the senate in 2012 alone, including one in March when under his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the senate passed a resolution expressing support for the people of Tibet and calling on the Chinese government to end its repressive policies towards the Tibetans.
"He was also one of the four senators who wrote a letter to President George Bush on May 9, 2008, calling on the Bush administration to take specific actions to help resolve the crisis in Tibet," said Sangay.