Tibet: News Exile India's Foreign Secretary Talks with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

India's Foreign Secretary Talks with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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08july201012Dharamshala: India's foreign secretary Nirupama Rao today had a meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, nearly a week after national security adviser Shivshankar Menon concluded his visit to China as prime minister's special envoy.

Rao flew into Dharamshala around 2.15 p.m. and headed straight to the headquarters of the exiled Tibetan capital. She "called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the two discussed issues of common interest," Tenzin Taklha, a spokesman for the Tibetan leader, told AFP.

The talks at the official palace of the Tibetan spiritual leader lasted about 90 minutes, said an official. At the meeting, high-ranking officials of the government-in-exile including its prime minister Prof Samdhong Rinpoche participated, added the official.

Rao is known as the most senior civil servant in the Indian foreign ministry. Indian officials declined to comment on Rao's meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who celebrated his 75th birthday earlier in the week,

Her visit to Dharamshala came days after she accompanied India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on a trip to China, where he met senior Chinese leaders.

More than 100,000 Tibetan exiles live in 19 settlements across India. Indian newspapers had also reported the discussions between Rao and the exiled Tibetan leadership could touch on the activities of Tibetan exiles in India.

A source in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's office told IANS earlier that Rao would discuss issues relating to Tibetan exiles with the Nobel Laureate. India follows one-China policy and recognizes "Tibet Autonomous Region" (TAR) as a part of China.

People of Tibet and their exiled Tibetan government believe in the "Middle-Way Approach" that is proposed by Tibetan spiritual His Holiness the Dalai Lama to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet and to bring about stability and co-existence between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples based on equality and mutual co-operation.. China has in the past accused His Holiness of seeking to stir up tensions between New Delhi and Beijing.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 July 2010 17:28 )