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Trump-Tibet-Leaders-2016Dharamshala — Spiritual and political leaders of Tibet and its people have congratulated Donald Trump on his victory as the 45th president of the United States.

As world leaders have begun congratulating Donald Trump on his historic win, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay and Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel congratulated Trump on being elected the next President of the USA.

In a congratulatory letter sent November 9, to U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his long-time admiration for the U.S. as the champion of democracy, freedom and the rule of law. He stated that the world places great hope in the democratic vision and leadership of the U.S.

The spiritual leader of Tibet also added that he and the Tibetan people have been honored to have received the support of respective U.S. Presidents, as well as the American people, in their endeavors to protect and preserve their ancient Buddhist culture—a culture of peace, non-violence and compassion.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate offered prayers and good wishes that the President-elect may be successful in meeting the many challenges that lie ahead.

"On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people, I would like to congratulate you and your party's victory in the US presidential election and wish you the best for your new responsibility as the president of the great nation of United States of America," Sikyong wrote in his congratulatory letter.

"I am grateful for the people and Government of USA for hosting the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the White House on many occasions," said the democratically elected political leader of the Tibetan people.

"Tibetan people are immensely grateful to the US for applauding and supporting Middle-way approach and encouraging dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Chinese authorities to lower tensions and resolve our differences."

"As you have promised in your victory speech, "to deal fairly with everyone" in the world community while keeping the national interest at front, we appeal to you and your Administration to use your good offices to continue your support for the peaceful resolution of the Tibetan issue through dialogue," Sikyong wrote.

"On behalf of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile heartily congratulate you and your party for your great victory in the race to the White House," Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel wrote in his congratulatory letter.

"Your Excellency, Tibetans living under the Chinese rule and Tibetans across the free world are eternally grateful to the people and the government of the United States of America, irrespective of their party affiliations, who have consistently rendered deep interest and support for the Tibetan issue and have maintained cordial relationship with Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We hope it will be continued under your leadership as well," he added.

The Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in-Exile concludes, "I hope and pray that your courage and wisdom will guide the United States to peace and prosperity."

Donald J Trump, the 70-year-old Republican nominee, was elected the 45th president of the United States after securing 288 electoral votes over Clinton's 218.

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