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21 june 2012 004Dharamshala: Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland has been urged by many to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his visit to Edinburgh. Edinburgh is the second stop on the Dalai Lama's ten day visit to Britain. There have been no formal plans for Mr. Salmond meeting the spiritual leader.

The strong reasoning for the both parties to meet is because of the growing tension with China. Foreign policy experts claim that western support could dampen Chinese aggression.

Tibetans living in Scotland have appealed to Mr Salmond saying that he try enforce Scotland's stand on human rights. The Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie felt that "The suspicion is growing that the First Minister has been nobbled or gagged by China."

It has also been stated that the Dalai Lama is no longer politically active and has relinquished that role.

The Dalai Lama is set to meet Lord Provost Donald Wilson and give a lecture at the Usher Hall. He will meet other leaders at the Scottish Parliament.

Alex Salmond is currently Scotland's First Minister. He has been in office since May 2007 and is also the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

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