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Tibetan Prime Minister Thanks Switzerland for 50 years of Refugee Shelter

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Tibetan Prime Minister in Exile Samdhong Rincpoche thanked the people and the government of Switzerland for sheltering Tibetan refugees for past 50 years.

While addressing at the Tibetan Swiss Friendship Association’s Annual General Body meeting in Zurich, he said, “I take this opportunity to express our gratitude on behalf of 6 million people of Tibet to all of you and through you to the international community in general and people of Switzerland in particular.”

He said that the Tibetan Diaspora was living in about 55 countries across the world. As the Tibetan community in Switzerland is largest in Europe, Rinpoche said that the community has a greater responsibility and role in the Tibetan issue.

“Switzerland was the first Western country to invite a large number of Tibetan refugees for resettlement and these settlers have been the happiest among the Tibetan Diaspora... We will never forget the kindness of Swiss people and government for their help offered when we were badly in need of it,” he addressed.

The Tibetan Swiss Friendship Association was established in 1983 to foster closer relationship between the growing Tibetan community and the Swiss people. Switzerland was the first Western country to invite a large number of Tibetan refugees for resettlement

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