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His Holiness the Dalai Lama congratulates French President-elect Emmanuel Macron

May 8, 2017

Central Tibetan Administration, May 8, 2017 - The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today congratulated Emmanuel Macron for winning the French presidential election.

According to the official website of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness wrote to the French President-elect, recalling conversations from their last meeting in France, 2016.

“It was an honour to meet with you in Paris last September. I very much appreciate the sentiments you expressed at that time. During my visits to your country over the years, I have been touched by the affection and friendship shown to me by people from all walks of life.

“As you know, I am an enthusiastic admirer of the spirit of the European Union – putting the wider community’s long-term common interest ahead of national and other local concerns. I hope the European Union will grow from strength to strength and that it will be a model for other continents to follow in times to come.

“Since France is one of the pillars of the European Union, I am confident that you will be able to play an active role in its successfully meeting the challenges that lie ahead.”

In conclusion His Holiness offered his prayers and good wishes.

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