The Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, is planning to visit Estonia, likely in September 2011.
The Dalai Lama already visted Estonia twice. He went to Estonia on a two-day visit in 2001. At that time, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Tunne Kelam pointed out in his meeting with the Dalai Lama the similar fate of the Estonian and Tibetan peoples, observing that the Tibetans are still in danger of losing their cultural values. Kelam underscored the necessity of talks between Tibet and China to secure the former’s stable development and future. The Dalai Lama met also with members of the parliamentary Tibet support group and Prime Minister Mart Laar.
The Tibetan leader also met with the mayors of Tallinn and Tartu. On 19 June, he gave a speech at Tallinn’s Town Hall Square titled “Compassion and Universal Responsibility” and, on 20 June, an academic speech titled “Ethics of the New Millenium” at Tartu University.
The Dalai Lama previously visited Estonia in 1991.