DHARAMSALA, Aug 8 (IANS): Lobsang Sangay, the new Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, Monday expressed his gratitude to India for allowing exiles to stay for the past five decades. But he requested New Delhi to treat Tibet as a core issue between India and China.
"We remain eternally grateful to the people and the government of India for offering the Tibetan people refuge and for allowing us to remain as guests for the past five decades," the 43-year-old Sangay, who regards as India his second home, said at his oath-taking ceremony here.
"Our debt to the Indian government and its people is already enormous. But our work together continues. We humbly appeal for your continued support and kind consideration to treat Tibet as one of the core issues between India and China," he said.