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dalai-lama4Dharamshala: - The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit the autonomous region of Trentino- South Tyrol, Italy- where he shall meet with officials and dignitaries; on April 11 he also intends give a public talk there.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been to the area many times before, with great success, "The Dalai Lama's visits in 2001, 2005, 2009 left us a beautiful memory for the message of peace and spiritual, and involved the Trentino and its institutions in solidarity with the Tibetan people," said the event organisers.

The public talk by His Holiness will be a free event, where seats will be provided on a first come first served basis. It shall take place at 1.30 pm in Palatrento, Via Fersini (Loc. Ghiaie), Trento. The lecture shall be a useful message of hope, "Happiness in difficult times."

Robert Pinter-Association of 'Italia Tibet Trento' spoke of the forthcoming occasion. "Its our privilege and honer to announce the His Holiness the XIV Dalai lama's visit in Trentino-Sudtirol."

"This will be His Holiness the Dalai Lama's first official visit to the autonomous region region of Italy after passing his political responsibility to Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the elected political leader of Tibetan administration in 2011."

He furthered this by discussing the reasons for the actions taken by His Holiness in 2011, "After His Holiness Dalai Lama handed over his political power to an elected new leadership, a gesture that was supposed to represent a renewed willingness on China to resume dialogue and negotiations for the recognition of the autonomy of Tibet. Unfortunately, China has not grasped this availability and continues to repress Tibetan people,"

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is returning to Trentino by invitation of the President of the Province, in collaboration with the Italian Association of Tibet. There is a strong bond of friendship between the people of Trentino and Tibet, a relationship that has resulted in numerous collaboration projects between associations, schools and local communities.

During His Holiness' visit a meeting is planned with the Provincial Council of Trentinto highlight the institutions autonomy alongside the Tibetan Parliament in exile; to demonstrate how it is possible to respect the rights of minorities within the borders of a nation state.

His Holiness' age has not yet prevented him from traveling around the world to spread his message of peace and hope and gather solidarity with his people; however it is unknown if there will be another occasion where he will be able to visit Trentino.

The Tibetan Spiritual leader Monday morning left Dharamshala for one week trip to South Tyrol, Italy and Switzerland starting on April 10.

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