French Senate to receive Sikyong


April 17, 2013 4:25 pm

PARIS: In a statement issued yesterday by the Group for Information on Tibet, the Parliamentary Tibet support group in the upper house of French parliament will be receiving Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay today at the Senate.

“The Senate Group for information on Tibet chaired by its President Mr. Jean-François Humbert (UMP – Doube) will receive the new Head of Tibetan government in exile (Sikyong in Tibetan) on his arrival to Paris on Tuesday, 17 March”, the statement reads.

“Dr. Lobsang Sangay has held the title of Sikyong since the devolution of entire political powers by the 14th Dalai Lama in November 2011″, it said.

The statement further said: “Senators in the Tibet group support all efforts that France can do to help resume dialogue between the Tibetan government in exile and the Chinese Government, and to improve the situation of Tibetan people. It recommend the President of the Republic and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to officially receive Sikyong as other leaders of democratic countries have already done,” it added.

“A delegation from the information group will travel to Dharamsala, India, from May 7 to 12, 2013 to meet with representatives of Tibetan Parliament and the government in exile,” the statement has announced.

The Sikyong is scheduled tomorrow on 18 April, to address the Tibetan community in France as well as meet with relevant people, including members of the parliamentary group for Tibet in the French National Assembly, to discuss current crisis in Tibet that has seen over hundred Tibetans setting themselves on fire to protest China’s repression.