Washington D.C(April 11th) Today, at Washington DC, the members of World Sikh Parliament and of other affiliated organizations had a meeting with the US Department of State, which was led by Knox Thames, the Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South / Central Asia. The US Department of State, often referred to as State Department, is a federal executive department that advises the President and represents the country in international affairs and foreign policy issues. Equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries, the State Department is responsible for the international relations of United States, negotiates treaties and agreement with foreign entities, and represents the United States at the United Nations.
Giving this information Sardar Himmat Singh said that the different issues related to Sikh community, such as the plight of the Sikhs in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, France, Belgium, Japan, Peru, Iraq, Bangladesh, and the protection of their civil, human, educational, cultural as well as political rights were discussed. In addition, the Indian Government’s inhuman torture on Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara (Jathedar Shri Akal Takhat Sahib) and the release of political Sikh prisoners were also part of the debate. Further, the light was shed on the fundamental need of the World Sikh Parliament and its rights to resolve the issues. Apart from this, the Foreign Office officials were also invited in the Rayburn on Capitol Hill Building along with other Sikh Organizations, where the members of Sikh Caucus and of American political committee read the Vaisakhi Resolution presented in the House. The Sikh organizations were honored for their philanthropic activities providing information on Vaisakhi.