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Sholban Kara-ool-Tuva-TibetDharamshala — Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected political head of the Tibetan people, has congratulated Sholban Kara-ool, who was elected as the President of Tuva Republic for the third consecutive term in the recently held elections in the region.

"On behalf of the Tibetan people and the Central Tibetan Administration, I congratulate you on your landslide victory in the recent election and for winning the third consecutive term as the Head of the Government of Tuva Republic," Sikyong wrote in his congratulatory note.

"Your win reflects your hard work, hopes and trust of your people. I extend my prayers and best wishes to you in fulfilling the expectations and aspirations of your people," Sikyong said.

"I take this opportunity to thank you and your government for being supportive to our just cause and also your unwavering reverence towards His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The people of Tibet and Tuva have religious and cultural ties from decades back."

Sikyong also acknowledged the friendship and support of the people of Tuva and affirmed his readiness to strengthen the friendship in the years to come.

Tuva Republic (also spelled Tyva) is situated in the center of Asia in the south of Eastern Siberia, part of Siberian Federal District. The length of the republic territory from north to south is 420 km, from west to east - 630 km. Capital city of the region is Kyzyl.

Tuva Republic is located at Siberian region of Russia. Its civilization dates back to 2700 years, according to the recent German archaeological findings. It was independent nation till 1944, when it became a part of Soviet Union. Its people are from Turkish race, not Mongolian.

The peoples of Tibet and Tuva have long historical, culture and religious contact and connection since 18th century, when the Buddhism began to spread in Tuva region. They eat Tsampa and Yak is common animal.

The Russian Republic has the population of 311,000 (2012) on the land area of 168,604 sq. km. About 97% of Tuva Republic population are Tuvans. Other Tuvans are living in Mongolia and China.

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