Vilnius: Sikyong Lobsang Sangay arrived in Vilnius on Wednesday, 12 June, accompanied by Mr Thubten Samdup, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe. This is Sikyong’s first and Representative’s the third visit.
They were both welcomed at Vilnius International Airport by Ms Dalia Kuodyte, Chair of the Parliamentary Tibet Friendship Group and members of the local Lithuanian Tibet Support Group Ms Ruta Norkute and Mr Robetas Mazeika.
The visit aims to drum up support in Lithuania during the next six months of Lithuania’s stewardship of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting next month.
Sikyong spent two days in Vilnius meeting with members of Lithuanian parliament, academics, NGOs and also gave several media interviews. Sikyong also spoke at European Humanities University and many were very charmed by his humour and wit. Two days of Sikyong’s visit in the city received wonderful media coverage.
Sikyong Sangay was also received at the City Hall by Mayor’s Advisor Mr G Sodeika and discussed briefly about the upcoming visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Vilnius in September. This will be His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s third visit to Lithuania. His last two visits were in 1991 and 2001.