Emmanuel Macron, President-elect of France with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in September 2016. (file pic)
Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP – His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to Emmanuel Macron this morning to congratulate him on his victory in the French presidential election.
In his letter he recalled his conversation with the President-Elect during his visit to France last year:
“It was an honour to meet with you in Paris last September. I very much appreciate the sentiments you expressed at that time. During my visits to your country over the years, I have been touched by the affection and friendship shown to me by people from all walks of life.
“As you know, I am an enthusiastic admirer of the spirit of the European Union – putting the wider community’s long-term common interest ahead of national and other local concerns. I hope the European Union will grow from strength to strength and that it will be a model for other continents to follow in times to come.
“Since France is one of the pillars of the European Union, I am confident that you will be able to play an active role in its successfully meeting the challenges that lie ahead.”
In conclusion His Holiness offered his prayers and good wishes.