On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, congratulations Your Holiness on the occasion of your 85thBirthday.
The story of your life, and in particular the 61 years that you have spent in India, has inspired all of us.
Your perseverance and achievements are a testament to the power of religious faith and nonviolent resistance in standing firm against injustice.
You often describe yourself as a “child of India.” As the U.S. Ambassador to India, it has been my privilege to work with you and your colleagues to advance the values that Americans and Tibetans share, and the ties between us. I have very much enjoyed the time that we have spent together, and I only regret that I cannot be with you in person to wish you a very Happy Birthday.