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Dharamshala: - The newly elected Prime Minister of Tibet government-in-exile, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, was given a warm and ceremonial reception at the Gagal Airport in Dharamshala on his arrival from the US. Sangay was welcomed by a large number of people who brought with them traditional incense, scarves, bouquets and Tibetan flags. The representatives of the Tibetan NGOs and Central Administration and Tibetan Parliament in exile were also present.

Talking to media persons at the airport, Dr Lobsang Sangay said he is committed to the task of taking His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his home land, Lhasa in Tibet. He promised to uphold policies of His Holiness and said that he will work towards achieving the objective "which the Dalai Lama has set for us".

He compared the Tibetan freedom struggle to that of India and said "Perhaps, Mahatma Gandhi faced the same question when he started his struggle for freedom and at that time, he must have said that he will make India a free country. Today, I am facing a similar situation."

When asked what his priority was, he said it was to restore the freedom of Tibet. He said that the prime challenge was to take up freedom talks with China and his agenda was to make the Tibetans aware of their rights. The Tibetan government-in-exile has tried to hold dialogues with the Chinese government but nine previous rounds of talks between Beijing and the Dalai Lama's envoys have produced no result.

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