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Sarah Sewall Designated As US Special Coordinator For Tibetan Issues

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday designated the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Dr. Sarah Sewall, to serve concurrently as United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

As Special Coordinator, Under Secretary Sewall will coordinate the U.S. Government's policies, programs, and projects on Tibetan issues globally, and particularly within the context of the United States' bilateral relationships with China, India, and Nepal, where there are significant populations of Tibetans.

Dr. Sewall will work to promote substantive dialogue between the Chinese Government and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama or his representatives, the State Department said. She will maintain close ties with Congress and civil society groups with an interest in preserving the distinct cultural, religious, and linguistic heritage of Tibetans and in safeguarding Tibet's fragile environment.

Sewall's predecessors also served concurrently as Special Coordinator.

Dr. Sarah Sewall, formerly a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, was sworn in as the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights on Thursday.

In addition to her responsibilities as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, the Under Secretary oversees and coordinates the work of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations; the Bureau of Counter terrorism; the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; the Office of Global Criminal Justice; and the Office of Global Youth Issues.

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