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Rijiju, Tibetan leaders attend US envoy dinner


Winding up his tenure in New Delhi, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma recently hosted a dinner here attended by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay, a move that has raised objections in China.

The dinner was hosted by Verma on January 15 for his visiting friend and Hollywood actor Richard Gere, in what may signal prominence to the Tibet issue in international fora.

The high-profile event was also attended by officials from both India and the US, besides a few Tibetan leaders.

Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, tweeted about the January 15 event yesterday along with a picture showing Sangay and Gere among others.

“Nice meeting my dear friend Richard Gere again. Thank you HE Richard Verma for a wonderful dinner & great tenure as USA Ambassador to India,” Rijiju tweeted.

“Both of them are great friends of India and contributed a lot in many areas,” the minister said.

Reacting to the event, Chinese Foreign Ministry told

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