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Ceremonial Welcome for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala

December 15, 2008

TibetNet
Sunday, 14 December 2008
 
Dharamshala: Thousands of Tibetans carrying traditional white scarves, flowers and incense, joined by local Indian residents and well-wishers, accorded a warm and ceremonial welcome to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his arrival in Dharamshala on Saturday. His Holiness returned after successfully concluding visits to Nigeria and three European countries.
 
The deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mrs Dolma Gyari, acting Kalon Tripa Ven Tsering Phuntsok and Kalon Ngodup Dongchung received His Holiness at the Gaggal Airport near Dharamshala. Representatives from both official and non-governmental organizations were present at the airport for the reception.
 
Other dignitaries of the Central Tibetan Administration, including the Chief Justice Commissioner, justice commissioners, members of Tibetan Parliament, members of the Kashag, heads of autonomous bodies and secretaries of the departments welcomed His Holiness at his residence.
 
His Holiness left Dharamshala on 25 November for visits to Lagos in Nigeria, from where he left for Czech Republic, Belgium and Poland.
 
The highlights of His Holiness’s visit was his address to the plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 December and meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and fellow Nobel Peace Laureates marking the 25th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to former Polish President Lech Walesa in Poland.
 
France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, shared his genuine concern for Tibet during his meeting with His Holiness in Gdansk, Poland, on 6 December.
 
“I had a very nice meeting and he (President Sarkozy) also showed genuine concern about Tibet and I expressed my appreciation to him that in spite of inconvenience he stood firm on principle,” His Holiness told reporters about the meeting.
 
President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday he "regrets" tensions with China over his recent meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and expressed confidence that relations would soon improve. "I regret this friction," Sarkozy said at an EU summit in Brussels. "It is in Europe's interest to have good relations with China and it is in China's interest to have good relations with Europe." "We will find the means to talk again, but not at the price of denying our own European values," Sarkozy said.
 
In Czech Republic, His Holiness met Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, members of Parliament, deputy prime minister and former president of Czech Republic, Mr Havel.
 
During his visit to Poland from 5 –12 December, His Holiness met with President Lech Kaczynski, the speaker of the Senate, Hon. Bogdan Borusewicz, and addressed members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, parliament members and members of the Polish Parliamentary Group for Tibet.
 
The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in Poland, conferred its honourary doctorate on His Holiness for “promoting the attitude of respect and understanding towards people of different worldviews and religious beliefs and peaceful struggle for Tibet’s freedom and the recognition of the human rights of its people”.
 
The Polish city of Wraclaw bestowed His Holiness with its honourary citizenship.
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