Merkel Gere

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Richard Gere about his commitment to Tibet. (Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins)

Richard Gere, Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, met with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on February 9, 2017 and discussed the situation in Tibet. Gere updated the Chancellor on recent developments in Tibet and spoke about ways in which the international community could help mitigate the plight of the Tibetan people.

Gere is in Germany for the Berlin Film Festival where his latest film, “The Dinner” will premiere.

The following is an unofficial translation of the statement by the Chancellor’s office regarding the meeting.

German Chancellor meets actor Richard Gere

Chancellor Angela Merkel has met Hollywood star Richard Gere in the Chancellery. The discussion focused on the current situation in Tibet. Richard Gere is Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet.

The actor Richard Gere is currently taking part in the 67th International Film Festival in Berlin where his latest film, “The Dinner” will premiere.

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) was established in 1988 and has given the peaceful resistance of the Tibetan people a voice for more than 25 years with more than 100,000 supporters. It advocates a democratic right to self-determination, the safeguarding of human rights and the protection of culture and environment in Tibet.