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His Holiness sends condolence message to Annette Lantos

February 18, 2008

15 February 2008

Tom Lantos greets His Holiness the Dalai Lama on stage during the presentation ceremony for the Congressional Gold Medal in the Capitol Rotunda on October 17, 2007. Image: ICT/Sonam Zoksang.

Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a letter of condolence to Mrs Annette Lantos, whose husband Congressman Tom Lantos, passed away on 11 February 2008.

In his message sent on 12 February, His Holiness said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing away of your dear husband, Congressman Tom Lantos. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to you and to the members of your family."

His Holiness said: "In him, we have lost a friend who committed his life to the promotion of human rights, freedom and justice, and who was a great source of hope and inspiration to the Tibetan people. As I recently wrote to him, I would like to repeat my deep gratitude for his unstinting support for and dedication to the Tibetan cause."

"I would also like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of the vital role that you, Annette, have played in assisting your husband in his work to help others seeking dignity and freedom," His Holiness added.
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