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Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche thanks to Mr. Roland Koch for support and friendship

September 2, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 31, 2010

Wiesbaden, Germany, Aug 31 -- Kalon Tripa
Samdhong Rinpoche arrived yesterday in Wiesbaden,
the capital of Hasse State in Germany as a
special guest of the State Government. In the
evening he attended the farewell reception for
the outgoing State Minister President Mr. Roland Koch.

For eleven and a half years, Mr. Koch was the
premier of the German state of Hesse and in May
this year he announced his resignation from
political life.  During this period a special
relationship between the Hesse State and Tibet
has been developed. Mr. Koch is a long time
friend and supporter of the Tibetan issue. He has
often met His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former
Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl attended the farewell reception.

The state government accords police escort to
Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche on his arrival at Frankfurt airport

On Chancellor Angela Merkel’s arrival at the
open-air reception, the some 500 guests greeted
her. Before she took her seat, she walked towards
Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche. Chancellor Merkel
greeted and shook hands with Kalon Tripa. He was
seated in the same front row as Chancellor
Merkel, former Chancellor Dr. Kohl and Mrs. Koch.
Mr. Udo Jürgens, the famous German singer was seated next to Kalon Tripa.

The State Government had made VIP arrangements at
Frankfurt airport to receive Kalon Tripa Samdhong
Rinpoche in front of the airplane. A state
protocol officer received Kalon Tripa at the
airport. From there Kalon Tripa was driven in an
official car to the state capital Wiesbaden with
some 6 police motorbikes and a police car as escort.

At the farewell reception Kalon Tripa also met
the incoming State Minister President Mr. Volker Bouffier.

This morning, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche,
accompanied by Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and Mr.
Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama’s Representative based in Geneva, had a
breakfast meeting with Mr. Roland Koch.

During the meeting, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche
on behalf of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
Tibetan people expressed his gratitude to Mr.
Roland Koch for his friendship and support. Mr.
Koch said that it was an honour to have Kalon
Tripa at his farewell reception. He also said
that the will continue to support the Tibetan issue.

Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche left Germany for Bangalore, India.
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