His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting the crowd of supporters and well-wishers on his arrival at his hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania on June 12, 2018. Photo by Tenzin Choejor

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Vilnius, Lithuania— The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama who arrived in Lithuania on Tuesday, says it's more important for him to meet with people than state leaders.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama traveled to Delhi 10 June and spent the following morning meeting old friends. On arrival in Lithuania on Tuesday, His Holiness was received at Vilnius Airport by the Honorary Indian Consul in Lithuania, as well as by Prof Vytis Vidunas, Director of the House of Tibet.

While answering journalists’ questions as he left the airport, the Nobel Peace Laureate said, “I am happy to have this opportunity of visiting Lithuania and meeting with old friends again.”

His Holiness expressed admiration for the three Baltic States. He noted that immediately after their independence, the people of these countries were full of confidence. He mentioned how important it is for these countries to strive to improve their standard of living as part of the European Union, an institution for which he also has great respect.

A short drive from the airport brought His Holiness to his hotel in the older part of Vilnius. He was welcomed by a small group of friends and supporters, several waving Tibetan flags. One Wednesday, His Holiness will address students, faculty and members of the public at the University of Vilnius.