By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 25: The recent turn of events at London’s 10 Downing Street has left Britain’s political scene astir, as Indian origin UK MP Rishi Sunak became the next Prime Minister following the resignation by Liz Truss after just 45 days in office. The exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with leaders from around the globe welcomed the next Prime Minister of Britain.
As the Tibetan leader congratulated the 42-year-old Sunak, he also expressed gratitude to the British government, “May I take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the people of Great Britain for their consistent support for the Tibetan people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity.”
The octogenarian leader called upon the people to be united as he recalled his visit to Britain, “In today’s highly interdependent world, what happens in one part of the world affects us all. I therefore wish you every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of the United Kingdom, and in working to build a more peaceful world.” The Conservative politician was appointed the next leader as rival Penny Mordaunt failed to secure the required 100 nominations, which paved the way for the youngest leader of the country.
US President Joe Biden on Monday said that “it matters” that a child of Indian immigrants rise to the highest political office in the UK. “Pretty astounding! A ground breaking milestone! And it matters, it matters,” he went to praise the young politician’s ascent to the PM office.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Sunak is a “living bridge” as he sent his special wishes on Diwali, a day of Hindu celebration . “As you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely together on global issues, and implementing Roadmap 2030. Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership,” Modi tweeted on Tuesday.