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Dharamshala: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay has extended "his heartiest congratulations" to the new speaker to the President of the Federal Parliament of Switzerland.

In a congratulatory letter to Maya Graf, the first ever member of Green Party to be elected to the post, on behalf of Central Tibetan Administration, he said: "I am pleased to learn that you have been successfully elected as the speaker to the President of the Federal Parliament of Switzerland."

In August, 2012, when first Vice President of the Parliament, Ms Graf issued a statement expressing "concern over the grave human rights situation in Tibet", and appealing to the international community to take the "cry for help of the Tibetans seriously and urge China to review its Tibet policy."

Dr Sangay met Ms Graf in Bern, Switzerland, during a visit to the nation's capital in November, 2011.

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