Sikh diaspora meets US Vice President Biden

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Amritsar, July 13 (ANI): A high level delegation of American Sikh leaders has appealed to US Vice President Joe Biden to take up Sikh related issues with other countries.

Since the 9/11 terror attack, Sikhs have been explaining to the world that they are not followers of the Taliban, and should not be targeted for mistaken identity.

Sikhs, in recent times, have become victim of hate crime, and American Sikh leaders have discussed this with Biden, apart from other issues related to the community.

They also raised the issue of Sikhs in France facing problems like wearing turbans and other religious symbols.

The Sikh leaders, most of them from California, conveyed their anxiety about the community's international probelems to Biden and requested him to take up the matter with the related countries.

Biden was in the Silicon Valley to raise money for Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer's re-election.

The Sikhs have a sizeable presence in California.

Revealing details of the meeting, Dr. Pritpal Singh, convener of the American Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (AGPC), told ANI over phone that Biden patiently listen their issues and assured them of taking up Sikh related issues on priority.

Dr. Kulwant Singh, an active member of the Democratic Party, Harpreet Singh Sandhu, a former councillor of Richmond and Balbir Singh Dillon, a senior leader from San Jose, were the part of the Sikh delegation. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)

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