Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – Following Jose Ramos-Horta’s recent election as President of Timor-Leste, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to him to offer his congratulations.
“It has been a privilege to have known you for so many years,” His Holiness’s letter continued, “beginning with your visits here to Dharamsala in the early 1990s.
“A great responsibility now lies ahead of you once more and I trust that under your leadership the people of Timor-Leste will continue to enjoy peace, prosperity and progress. I particularly hope that you will be able to improve the lives of the less fortunate members of society.
“With my prayers and good wishes for your success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of Timor-Leste.”