Swiss Parliament Speaker meets Tibetan Speaker in Zurich

Ms. Maya Graf, the Speaker of the Swiss Parliament, (C) Mr. Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile (R) and Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama Representative based in Geneva

Zurich – 16 July: Ms. Maya Graf, the Speaker of the Swiss Parliament, met with Mr. Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile based in Dharamsala in Zurich yesterday.

The two speakers met informally over lunch in Zurich. Mr. Penpa Tsering briefed Ms. Maya Graf of the present situation inside Tibet and his meetings in Italy and Switzerland. 

Ms. Graf had officially invited and received His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Swiss Parliament on 15 April 2013 during the latter’s visit to Switzerland. Prior to her election as the Speaker of the Swiss Parliament last year, she met Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay in November 2011 in Bern. She had visited Dharamsala in 2003 and has been a member of the Tibet Group within the Swiss Parliament for a long time.

On 13 July, the Tibetan community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein organised a Question and Answer session with Speaker Mr Penpa Tsering. 

Mr Tsering called on Tibetans to pay more attention on the developments on the Tibetan issue so that they can more effectively explain the Tibetan issue. He said big changes were taking place in Tibet, China and within the Tibetan exile community.

The Speaker also spoke about the Middle-Way Approach and the support for this policy from both international community and Chinese people. 

Mr Penpa Tsering attended an international conference on Tibet in Turin, Italy, on 5 July organised by the Association for Tibet and Human Rights of the Regional Council of Piemonte in collaboration with the Tibetan community in Italy.

In Rome, he met with long time Tibet supporters and members of Italian Parliament. During their discussions, the Italian Parliamentarians agreed to set up a Tibet Group within the Parliament. In February, Italy held elections for their Parliament.

Mr Penpa Tsering today leaves for New Delhi and then to Dharamsala.

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