A delegation of the office of Tibet, Taiwan led by Representative Dawa Tsering visited late Lee Teng Hui's memorial site in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 11, 2020 and paid their respect. Photo: The office of Tibet, Taiwan

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Taipei — A Tibetan delegation led by Dawa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Taiwan, visited the memorial site and paid tribute to the former leader of Taiwan, the nation’s father of democracy, late Lee Teng-hui, who died late last month.

The death of Lee Teng Hui, Taiwan’s father of democracy has been met with tough emotions and an outpouring of condolences from leaders of the world including the Tibetan spiritual and political leaders, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, President Dr Lobsang Sangay, and Speaker Pema Jungney.

A delegation led by "Representative Dawa Tsering earlier today visited the memorial site built in the memory of late Lee Teng Hui, Taiwan’s father of democracy and paid respect," the Office of Tibet, Taiwan said in a report, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

"The former Taiwan President was an ardent Tibet supporter and during his tenure as the President, he hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Taiwan in 1997 which gradually led to the establishment of the Office of Tibet in Taiwan under his eminent leadership," the Office of Tibet said.

"The historic meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mr Teng hui strengthened the friendship between Taiwan and the Central Tibetan Administration," previously known as the Government of Tibet, said Dawa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Taiwan.

The Office of Tibet expressed its deep sorrow over the death of the former leader of the country, saying "His demise was a great loss not only for the people of Taiwan but for all the freedom and democracy-loving people."

The Office concluded by saying that "His Holiness offered his condolence to the family of the late Lee Teng Hui as well as Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Kashag and Speaker Pema Jungney of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile."