DHARAMSALA, 29 Oct: The President of the Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) has met with the Governor of South Tyrol Autonomous Province.
Penpa Tsering, President of the CTA has met with Dr Arno Kompatscher, the Governor of South Tyrol Autonomous Province at Palais Widmann in Bolzano, the seat of the South Tyrolean state government on Thursday.
During the meeting, President Tsering spoke about the “evolution of Tibetan democracy in exile,” and further apprised Dr Arno about “recent developments in the Tibetan community such as the now-resolved parliamentary stalemate and the tussle between the Tibetan parliament and the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission,” reports Tibet.net, the official webpage of the CTA.
The CTA President has further “spoke about the policies practised by the Chinese government to annihilate Tibetan culture and language” and stated that “although the situation in East Turkestan and Hong Kong seem to have taken precedence over Tibet lately, the situation inside Tibet continues to remain grim with over 155 self-immolation protests.”
According to a report on stol.it, a news website from South Tyrol, President Tsering has declared at the meeting that “the good relations between the state of South Tyrol and the Tibetan government-in-exile should be continued.”
Governor Arno Kompatscher has offered “the full solidarity of the South Tyrol” to the Tibetan cause and stated that “The longstanding political solidarity with the Tibetans and the many projects that have strengthened the education system, the health system and the democratic structures in exile should continue under the new government.”
In 2017, Dr Arno Kompatscher travelled all the way to Dharamsala to attend the official anniversary function of the 58th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day as the Chief Guest.
Penpa Tsering is currently on his first official foreign trip since assuming office in May. He was accompanied by Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) Secretary Karma Choeying and Representative Chhimey Rigzin of Office Of Tibet Geneva during the meeting.
His itinerary will also see him attend the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) Conference in Rome ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit and visits to Bolzano and Milan in Italy.
President Tsering will then travel to Switzerland where he got engagements in Geneva, Bern city and then to Zurich from where he will return back in Dharamshala on 8 November.