Mayor and member of the French Parliament Patrick Bloche with Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay in Paris on November 26, 2011. (Photo/Tenam)
PARIS, November 26: On a one-day stop over in Paris, the democratically elected Tibetan leader Dr Lobsang Sangay, met with officials from the French foreign ministry and the Tibet Study group at the French Senate. Later in the afternoon, the Kalon Tripa spoke to the Tibetan community in France.
"The goal of this 14th Kashag (cabinet) is the restoration of freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet", he reaffirmed. As the head of the exile administration his duties also include the "welfare of the Tibetan exile communities" and "the priority number one in this regard is Education".
The 14the Kashag which marked its first 100 day this week has been "one of the busiest Kashag in recent memory," said Dr Sangay.
"Inspite of financial, infrastructural and other challenges, I would like to remind my compatriots abroad that there is a very dedicated, hardworking and committed people in the Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala," he said urging Tibetans settled in France to lend a helping hand.
"It was inspirational to meet the Kalon Tripa. Today, I feel proud as a young Tibetan that we have someone like him to represent us," said Migmar, a Tibetan based in France.
Later, the Tibetan leader was received at the Town Hall of the 11th district of Paris, which raised the Tibetan national flag in his honour. There, Dr Sangay held a press conference and met with members of various French Tibet Support groups.
Thanking them for their continued support the Kalon Tripa said that inspite of the harsh reality in Tibet “the spirit of Tibetans, both inside and outside Tibet remains very strong.”
Kalon Tripa singing the Tibetan National Anthem at the begining of his meeting with the Tibetan community in France on November 26, 2011. (Photo/Tenam)
"We have started this journey for freedom of Tibet and we will never give up. I am absolutely sure that we will reach our destination. Then we will be together to celebrate the day when Tibetans from inside and outside Tibet will be reunited," he said.
"This will be the best story of this century," he added urging the Tibet supporters to not give up their hope too.
When asked about his message to the French president, the Kalon Tripa stressed on the importance of a clear message of support from the government on the situation inside Tibet.
"I came here today to show my support to the democratically elected Prime Minister of Tibet. I think that this is very important as a French supporter of Tibet," said Jean-Marie, a long time Tibet supporter.
"For me it is an immense honour to receive the Tibetan Prime Minister in my Town Hall, " said Patrick Bloche, Mayor and member of the French Parliament.
The Tibetan leader is on a whirlwind tour of Europe. His next stop is in Brussels where he will be attending a 'Tibet Conference on Genuine Autonomy' at the European Parliament. His trip will conclude with a visit to England.