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Dharamshala: - The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday, 8 September has sent a letter of congratulations to the Australian Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott, wishing him success in meeting the challenges in leading Australia forward.

In a congratulatory sent to Mr Abbott on 8 September, His Holiness wrote "how he has been struck by the warmth and friendship shown to him by Australians of all walks of life during his many visits to Australia since 1982."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that "he was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the Australian people he met towards his efforts to promote human values and inter-religious harmony."

Just days before His Holiness' meetings with Tony Abbott in December 2009, Mr. Abbott reportedly said that he was eager to talk with His Holiness about issues surrounding Tibet.

Tony Abbott met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in June 2011, when he was the Leader of the opposition, despite the Chinese communist regime's groundless criticism and strong pressure to do otherwise.

In June 2011, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with opposition leader Tony Abbott, leader of the Nationals party Warren Truss as well as with Greens leader Senator Brown at the Parliament House in Canberra, where more than 80 federal MPs and senators from all parties were attended a parliamentary reception for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness was invited to the Parliament in Canberra for a series of meetings with members from all of Australia's major political parties. Ambassadors from five countries also came to the reception.

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