The former president of Republic of Botswana in South Africa is all set to travel to India on Friday and visit the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence. The incumbent government of the African state has sternly opposed to his visit; fearing Chinese backlash.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising day on March 10 and 60 years since the arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to exile in 1959. On this important date, the Central Tibetan Administration has officially invited former president of Botswana, Ian Khama to participate at the event here in Dharamshala, India.
“His Excellency the Former President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has been invited by The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to give the key note address at the 60th Anniversary of the Tibet Uprising in Dharamsala, India on the 10th March, 2019 and also to have an audience with His Holiness The Dalai Lama.” said the press release published on official Facebook page of the former president.
Besides Khama’s participation in the commemorative event of the Tibetan community, the former president is scheduled to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, the residence of the Tibetan spiritual leader in exile.
In response to Khama’s request for financial and logistical support from the government of President Carter Morupisi, the government opposed to support such a trip that would not go well with their counterpart; the Beijing administration. However, Khama told that he is entitled to government assistance on logistics and finances for trips anywhere he chooses and would take legal routes to claim it.
The press release posted on Tuesday concluded with affirmation that His Excellency the Former President shall be among other dignitaries and human rights activists, he leaves for India on the 8th of March, 2019.