Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to Edgars Rinkevics to congratulate him on his election as the President of Latvia.
“Since 1991, I have had several opportunities to visit your beautiful country,” he wrote. “On those occasions I have been deeply moved to observe the widespread interest and enthusiasm that people, both young and old, have shown in my efforts to promote human values, to encourage an appreciation of the oneness of humanity and to commend the importance of inter-religious harmony.
“Given the history of Latvia and its neighbours, Estonia and Lithuania, people in these countries are well-placed to show to the world the value of non-violence, freedom and democracy.
“Today, the world is passing through very challenging times. However, the experience you have gained during your long and distinguished career in public service will serve you well when it comes to carrying out your duties in your new role. May I wish you every success in fulfilling the wishes and aspirations of the people of Latvia.”