TAWANG, Jan 25: The Sikyong (Prime Minister) of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Dr. Lobsang Sangay was given a warm welcome by Minister Tourism and RWD, Pema Khandu with traditional garlanding of ‘Khatak’ (scarps) on his arrival at Urgen Sangpo Helipad, Tawang. Deputy Commissioner Tawang Abhishek Dev, ZPC Jambey Tsering and SP Tawang along with other host of public leaders received Dr. Lobsang and his entourage at the Civil Helipad.
On arrival at Galden Namgey Lhatse the Dr. Lobsang along with Pema offered their prayers and paid reverence to the 27ft high Golden Buddha.
Later in the day, a private meeting between the Sikyong and the Tibetans was held at Zomkhang hall which was roughly attended by about 200 Tibetans settled in Tawang.
The state guest extended his heartfelt gratitude to the Chief Minister Nabum Tuki, Pema Khandu and in general the people of the State for the love and support rendered to the Tibetan community in Arunachal Pradesh. “I had never imagined that I would be in a position to visit Arunachal in such a brief time, I couldn’t have made the visit possible if it was not for the effort taken by Pema”, said the Sikong of CTA.
Dr. Lobsang is on a weeklong tour to Arunachal Pradesh will be visiting various Tibetan settlements in Arunachal Pradesh viz. Tenzingang, Miao and Tezu on 27th, 29th and 30th January respectively. He is also scheduled to visit Bomdila, Khalaktang and Tuting.
After the Sikyong’s tour in Arunachal Pradesh, he will also attend the Tibet Festival in Guwahati starting Feb 2. Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is will also attend the festival, who will be accompanied by Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu, who is also the chairman of the festival organising committee.