DHARAMSALA, 15 Oct: A joint delegation of the Central Tibet Administration’s(CTA) Cabinet(Kashag) and parliament to Europe have successfully concluded their engagements in Germany with their official visitation to Brussels underway.
A high-level delegation of the CTA led by the CTA President Penpa Tsering including the Department of Information and International Relations Minister Norzin Dolma and Parliamentarians Serta Tsultrim, Konchok Yangphel, Ratsa Sonam Norbu, Ngodup Dorjee, and Tsering Yangchen along with Interim Secretary of the CTA’s Dept. of Finance Tenzin Legdup successfully concluded their official engagements in Germany and left for Belgium to continue their official visitation in Europe on Thursday, Tibet.net, the CTA’s official website.
According to the report, the itinerary of the delegation saw them attend a “conference organised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom”(FNF), discuss “Tibet-related matters”, had an audience with Dagyab Kyabgon Rinpoche, and meet with the members of the International Campaign for Tibet Germany and Tibet Initiative, in Berlin.
The international visitation programme organised by FNF also saw the delegates meet with H.E Dr Shieh Jhy-Wey, the Taiwanese Representative to Germany, in Berlin, German Parliamentarians Michael Brand and Klaus-Peter Willsch and visited the Goethe-Gymnasium School and interactions with the students besides visiting the Frankfurt City Council, offices, and historic St. Paul’s church, the Deutsche Bundesbank (Reserve Bank of Germany) to hold constructive discussions on varied issues.
The CTA delegation concluded their international visitation programme in Germany from 9 –13 October with a visit to the Tibet House Germany in Frankfurt and left for Belgium in the early morning of the next day.
On Friday, the delegation began its official visit to Brussels by meeting with the Members of the European Parliament (MEP), officials and other important dignitaries, attending a luncheon hosted by FNF Brussels’s office which was also attended by Jules Maaten, Regional Head, European Dialogue Jena weber, Hunan Rights & EU Funding Manager James Moran, Associate Senior Research Fellow, Asia Director 2006-2011, Chief Negotiator for EU Partnership agreement, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) where “the delegation briefed them on Tibet’s issue and answered questions asked by them.”
The delegates have also met with MEP Mikuláš Peksa, President of the Tibet Interest Group, MEP Ausra Maldeikiene, MEP Petras Austrevicius, and officials at the European Parliament besides meeting with Alessandro Chiocchetti, Head of the Cabinet of the President of the European Parliament at a hall of the Parliament.
Additionally, the delegates also held a discussion on the issue of Tibet with representatives from 12 countries including Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, France, Ukraine, and others over dinner.
The CTA delegation to Europe to meet the Parliament members, Tibet support groups and think tanks to strengthen support for Tibet’s cause will wrap up their outreach program to Europe on Saturday.