DHARAMSALA, 14 March: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has congratulated Petr Pavel, the new President of the Czech Republic and wished him success in fulfilling the wishes and aspirations of the Czech Republic.
In a missive addressed to the Czech Republic’s new President Petr Pavel to congratulate him, the Dalai Lama wrote, “I have fond memories of my visits to the Czech Republic beginning in March 1990 during President Vaclav Havel’s leadership following the collapse of communism.”
“Given the Czech Republic’s recent history, including the period of the Velvet Revolution, the Czech people are well-placed to show the world the value of non-violence, freedom and democracy.”
The octogenarian Tibetan leader who has visited the Czech Republic several times added that “I have been deeply moved by the interest that people, young and old, have shown in my efforts to promote human values with a sense of the oneness of humanity and the importance of inter-religious harmony.”
The Tibetan Nobel laureate concluded by wishing the 14th Czech Republic President success in fulfilling the wishes and aspirations of the Czech Republic.
“The world is passing through very trying times, I wish you every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the wishes and aspirations of the Czech Republic.”
Petr Pavel, a Czech politician and former army general won the presidential election one and a half months ago by securing 58.32% votes. He assumed the office on Thursday last week.
He previously served as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 2015 to 2018 and as the Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces from 2012 to 2015.