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Tibetan President on Official Visit in UK

(London, 22 November 2017)

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay arrived in London on Wednesday morning for a two-day official visit.

The President of the Central Tibetan Administration (also known as Tibetan Government-in-exile) was accorded very warm reception at the world’s busiest airport – London Heathrow. Dr Sangay was received by Chonpel Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his colleagues at The Office of Tibet as well as by members of the Tibetan Community in Britain.

A further reception was accorded by Phuntsok Dalu, Culture Secretary, on behalf of the Council of Tibetan Community UK at the London Paddington station. The Sikyong arrived in the British capital by Heathrow Express, a 15-minute high-speed train journey from the world’s busiest airport. After a short drive, the Sikyong arrived at the hotel where a small contingent of Tibetan Community members accorded their final and formal reception.

In the capital, the Tibetan Leader has scheduled meetings with the parliamentarians and government officials. It is unlikely that he will meet with the British Prime Minister. During his last visit to the UK a year ago, Speaker John Bercow has met with the Sikyong. He was later acknowledged of his presence during a live parliamentary debate in the House of Commons, which was broadcasted on the BBC Parliament.

As part of his current five countries’ tour, the Sikyong earlier visited Denmark, Sweden and Norway, which was coordinated by the London-based Office of Tibet. The Sikyong arrived in London from Canada. This is Sangay’s third official visit to the UK in the last six years after he was first elected in 2011. He flies back to Delhi on Thursday night.

(A report by Tsering Passang, London)

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About Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Born in a refugee camp in western Nepal, Tsering is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. An NGO professional with combined experience of over 22 years, Tsering has led the Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. He continues to engage in a wide-range of issues in support of the Tibetan aspirations. Prior to his current appointment as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, which is the first and longest established Tibet support group anywhere in the world, Tsering has worked for Tibet Relief Fund and Tibet Foundation. He has also served on the boards of Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust, Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. A firm believer in making difference to his community, Tsering invests in the empowerment of youth and vulnerable individuals through development and advocacy work. He has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades and worked with professionals and local partners. A keen observer on China's global ambitions, Tsering follows its actions particularly policy implications on the Tibetan people across the Himalayan belt and beyond. As well as advocating on the Tibetan issue with the UN, EU and the UK through the parliamentarians, officials and special advisers, Tsering has spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included government representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was also interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has also conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington based) and former Representative (London based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel. Tsering’s personal blog: tsamtruk.wordpress.com

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