His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Photo: Ven Tenzin Jamphel

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Dharamshala, India — "Since the Buddha’s teachings emphasize such fundamental human values as compassion and non-violence, they have the potential to be of benefit. I trust that you and your government will continue to preserve and uphold these values," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama while congratulating His Excellency Uknaa Kurelsukh on his election as the President of Mongolia.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to His Excellency Uknaa Kurelsukh to congratulate him on his election as the President of Mongolia on June 11, 2021.

“I have warm memories of your country, which I first visited in 1979. I have been encouraged by the interest and enthusiasm shown by Mongolians both young and old in my efforts to promote human values, as well as the need to combine traditional Buddhist knowledge with modern education," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

“Historically, the people of Mongolia and we Tibetans have been like twin brothers and sisters. The Dalai Lamas have enjoyed a unique and close relationship with your people since the time of the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso," Tibetan spiritual leader explained.

“As I have mentioned during my visits to Mongolia, although there are other faiths in the country, it is Buddhism that has historically shaped the identity, culture and spiritual life of your people. Since the Buddha’s teachings emphasize such fundamental human values as compassion and non-violence, they have the potential to be of benefit, without contradicting an individual’s personal beliefs. I trust that you and your government will continue to preserve and uphold these values," said the Nobel laureate.

“In recent years, Mongolia has made impressive material progress, which is commendable. I am sure it will improve the lives of ordinary Mongolians,” His Holiness stated.

His Holiness concluded his letter by wishing the President-Elect every success in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of Mongolia.