DHARAMSHALA, November 23: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation to visit Czech Republic in December, Phayul has learned.
During his short visit to Dharamshala, the exile seat of the Tibetan administration last week, Miloslov Stasek, the Czech Republic Ambassador to India, in person extended the four-day invitation to the Dalai Lama.
“Our former President (Václav Havel) has invited the Dalai Lama for a four-day visit starting December 10,” said Steve Lichtag, a member of the delegation that visited His Holiness along with the Ambassador.
“We are happy that we are inviting the Dalai Lama for the eighth time now,” said Steve.
Talking to Phayul, members of the Czech delegation said that the visit would provide the Czech people, who have also suffered under communist rule, to get acquainted with the plight and the ongoing struggle of the Tibetan people.
Expressing dismay over the deteriorating human rights situation and the recent spate of self-immolations in Tibet, Steve said that it was shocking to see a “Nazi kind of situation” still prevailing in the world in the 21st century.
Former President Havel was the first head of state to extend an official invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1990 after becoming the first democratically elected President of the erstwhile Czechoslovakia.
The Dalai Lama’s last visited Czech Republic in 2008.