(TibetanReview.net, Nov26, 2017) – The executive head of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) at Dharamshala, India, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, was the guest speaker at the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet in the UK Parliament after his arrival in London on Nov 22. The meeting was chaired by the Rt Hon Tim Loughton, am member of the ruling Conservative Party, said the CTA on its Tibet.net website Nov 25.The visit concluded his five-nation tour in Europe and North America. Some who question his administration’s removal of the current North America Representative at the Office of Tibet, Washington, DC, have been planning to hold a protest on Nov 27.
The report said the meeting was attended by “a number of Parliamentarians” despite the fact that Dr Sangay’s visit coincided with the opening of the parliament’s autumn budget session.
The statement said the Tibet Society, the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, and the Rt Hon Tim Loughton hosted a lunch in honour of Dr Sangay.
Dr Sangay was earlier stated to have attended a fund raising reception event of the Tibet House Trust, a UK-based charity, with its trustees. British actress Joanna Lumley was stated to be among others who attended it.
The London events concluded the Sikyong’s 17-day, five-nation tour whose itineraries included the capitals of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and England, besides Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax in Canada.
Landing at Delhi on Nov 24, he was hosted a lunch by a delegation of four MPs from the Australian parliament led by Senator Derryn Hinch which had just visited the Tibetan community and institutions at Dharamshala.
He will be back at office in Dharamshala on Nov 27, when an assortment of Tibetans dissatisfied with the CTA’s explanation of the grounds for the removal of the current Representative at the Office of Tibet, Washington, DC, will hold a protest rally. The Representative, Mr Penpa Tsering, had assumed office in Aug 2016 and vowed to come out with his own version of the circumstances leading to his removal after handing over office on Nov 30.