VERMONT: Kalon Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang arrived on his official visit to Vermont on 9 July.
President of Vermont Tibetan Association, Sonam Choephel and Vice President Tenzin Dolkar along with members of Tibetan community accorded a warm traditional welcome.
On 10 July, Kalon called on a number of US leaders and officials including State Director, John Patrick Tracy, Outreach Specialist at Office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Haley Pero, Mayor of Burlington Miro Weinberger and several other leaders.
Kalon later met with members of Vermont Tibetan community for a brief meeting. Kalon informed the public about Kashag’s ongoing visit to various Tibetan communities across the world.
“The purpose of the visit is to inform the Tibetan communities on Kashag’s important undertakings in the past two years of its tenure and to ensure public’s involvement and awareness in the upcoming initiatives, projects and engagements of CTA in India and world.” Kalon said.
He further spoke about CTA’s yearlong Thank you Year campaign and its successful campaigns organised so far in various Tibetan communities in the diaspora.
Kalon was accompanied by Deputy Secretary Tenzin Tsepak.
Official Visit to Amherst and Northampton, MA
On 12 July, Kalon called on Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman and other municipal officials during his brief visit.
During the meetings, Kalon thanked the representatives and leaders of the regions fo continuously supporting the Tibetan cause and hosting the Tibetans with much respect and equal opportunities. He apprised them of the critical human rights situations inside Tibet and how the Tibetans in diaspora are working towards fulfilling the aspirations their compatriots inside Tibet.
Kalon later visited Jampel Nyingpo ling Buddhist centre in Amherst and addressed local Tibetan community.
Kalon’s Amherst engagement also includes an interview with Daily Hampshire Gazette, a prominent local news media.
Kalon was received by President of Vermont Tibetan Association, Sonam Choephel and Dakpa Gyatso.