The meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama was very important: European Parliamentary Delegation

European Parliamentary Delegation including MEP Thomas Mann, MEP Csaba Sogor and MEP Ramon Tremosa receive an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence, 9 May 2018. Photo/OHHDL

DHARAMSHALA: Three-member European Parliamentary Delegation led by MEP Thomas Mann, MEP Csaba Sogor and MEP Ramon Tremosa received a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday morning. The delegation is on a six-day visit to Dharamshala, the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.

In an exclusive interview with Tibet.net, MEP Thomas Mann said that the meeting entailed important discussion and marked a special occasion as it coincided with Europe Day.

“In whole Europe, people are celebrating the way of European Union, our values, progress and also our problems. So on this special day, we had the opportunity of meeting His Holiness. He underlined how important the European Union is. Although he knows that we have some conflicts and differences but he said, ‘the most important is what you have done in all the last years… So its most important and your fight for freedom is very important,” MEP Mann said.

“We are very good friends of Democracy and friends of Tibetan people. In all our resolutions, we had the opportunity to support all the people there, Middle Way Approach of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan’s right of autonomy and of course the fight against repression on the Tibetan people. We made many resolutions in the European Parliament. It is not only on paper but also for other member states to make it clear that progress for Tibetan people is also progress for democracy worldwide”.

He added that the meeting entailed discussions on the developments in different countries worldwide. “His Holiness also made it clear that he will visit Germany in September so for me, as German, it was very important,” he said.

Accompanying the delegation are Ms Aleix Sarri Camargo, Ms Payola Lahoz, Assistant to MEP Tremosa and spouses of MEP Sogor and MEP Ramon Tremosa.

Kashag organised a public felicitation in honour of the visiting delegation at Gangchen Kyishong on Monday. The visit is being facilitated by Office of Tibet, Brussels.

MEP Thomas Mann greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence, 9 May 2018. Photo/OHHDL

MEP Csaba Sogor greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence, 9 May 2018. Photo/OHHDL

MEP Ramon Tremosa greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence, 9 May 2018. Photo/OHHDL

European Parliamentary Delegation receives a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence, 9 May 2018. Photo/OHHDL