Dharamsala: As is customary for the Tibetan parliamentarians to visit and meet dignitaries, Tibet support groups and think tanks all over the world to seek support of Tibet’s cause, a delegation representing the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile comprising of Pema Jungney, Tashi Dhondup and Lobsang Dakpa has reached Russia on 9 September.
The delegation was received by Karma Tenzin, Secretary of Moscow Office of Tibet, and Dawa Tsering, Vice President of Moscow Tibetan Community. At St. Petersburg, the next day, the delegation was received by members of the Friends of Tibet.
They visited a Buddhist monastery built by Tsenshab Ngawang Dorjee, also known as Agvan Dorzhiev and deliberated on the topics relating to the past and future relationship between Tibet and Mongolia. They also visited the famous Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg in particular inspected the segment with Tibet and its related artefacts sectioned under Art of Central Asia and Art of Far East.
On 11 September, the three-man delegation visited the University of St.Petersburg and met with Pavel Grokhovski, Director of Tibetan and Mongolian Department, Dr Uspensky, Lecturer, Tibetan and Mongolian Department, Badma Narmaev, Lecturer, Tibetan and Mongolian Department. They elucidated students of the university on the issues of Tibet and exchanged questions and answers.
The Director stated that this was the first time for the university to be visited by Tibetan Parliamentarians and thus, a historic day. He further expressed his hope for the strengthening of relationship between the university and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
The delegation also explained in detail the framework of Central Tibetan Administration, the political approach to resolve the Tibet’s issues and the endeavors to garner more support for Tibet’s cause to the members of the Tibet Support group. They later engaged in a question-answer session.
This visit is scheduled to last till 16 September.
– Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary secretariat –