(TibetanReview.net, Feb11, 2017) – The current situation in Tibet was the topic of discussion Feb 9 between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hollywood actor and Tibet activist Richard Gere. The two met in the morning in Merkel’s Chancellery. Gere also met with German parliament’s vice-president Claudia Roth.
The talk between the two was officially “about the current situation in Tibet”, dw.com/en Feb 9 quoted Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert as saying.
“Richard Gere updated the Chancellor on recent developments in Tibet and spoke about ways in which the international community could help mitigate the plight of the Tibetan people,” Kai Muller, the Executive Director of International Campaign for Tibet, Germany, was quoted as saying.
The report said the meeting took place just before the premiere of Gere’s new movie, a thriller called “The Dinner”, at the Berlinale.
The report said both had their own agenda for the meeting, apart from the issues they may have discussed. The meeting may add a little bit of glitz to the chancellor’s image during her current campaign for re-election. Meanwhile, the star has his own set of political issues to discuss with the German leader, it added.
Gere was also reported to have commended “the courage of the German people and German leaders” on the refugee issue during a Feb 8 meeting with Claudia Roth, one of German parliament’s vice-presidents and a personal friend.
Gere has been a practicing Buddhist and Tibet supporter since the 1970s. A friend of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, he chairs the board of the International Campaign for Tibet, Washington DC, and is a notable contributor in human rights works and fight against AIDS.