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8 june 2012 002Dharamshala: The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama met the Indian Foreign Secretary, Ranjan Mathai, for closed door talks at his home on McLeod Ganj on Thursday last, the 7th of May.

The talks lasted for approximately 90 minutes and it has been reported that ‘issues of mutual concern' were discussed; aides were also present at the talks, said a Tibetan official.

The office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has described the visit as a ‘courtesy call'. Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister, SM Krishna, has been on a diplomatic visit to Beijing this week where he described India's ties with China as a top priority.

The External Affairs Minister conveyed a strong message about India's foreign policy objective of improving bilateral ties with Beijing; he stated that, ‘that India-China relations will be one of the most important bilateral relationships in the 21st century' and that it is ‘important...to maintain a strong and healthy relationship between India and China'.

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