(TibetanReview.net, Sep02, 2016) – More than 20 groups across France that support or campaign for the Tibet issue have asked President Francois Hollande to receive Tibet’s exile spiritual leader and the 1989 Noble Peace Laureate, the Dalai Lama, who is visiting the country over Sep 12-18.
Led by the Association Tibet Libre, the groups have issued an open letter, calling on President Hollande to invite the Dalai Lama, “the icon of non-violence and inter-religious dialogue” to address the wave of extremist terrorism and violence, suffered by the people of France in the recent past.
They have called for a public meeting between the two leaders to “together encourage the people of France in restoring peace, harmony and the beauty of its country”.
The groups have pointed out that former President Nicolas Sarkozy had met with the Tibetan spiritual leader in 2008, as had US president Barack Obama at the White House in July this year. They wanted the French president to stand together with other world leaders in encouraging the Chinese leadership to revive dialogue with representatives of the Dalai Lama to find a peaceful negotiated solution to the problems in Tibet.