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Dalai Lama is honoured guest: India

India said it considers the Tibetan leader an "honoured guest" but does not "encourage" him to engage in political activities.



New Delhi: Against the backdrop of China`s
reported protest against the Dalai Lama`s meeting with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh recently, India on Saturday said it
considers the Tibetan leader an "honoured guest" but does not
"encourage" him to engage in political activities.

Seeking to downplay the issue, External Affairs Minister
S M Krishna said India considers Tibetan Autonomous Region as
part of China and "that should bring down curtains on any
controversy".

Asked at a joint press conference with Japanese Foreign
Minister Katsuya Okada about reports of the Chinese protest,
Krishna said "India`s position (on Tibet and the Dalai Lama)
has been stated repeatedly, unequivocally and categorically."

He said he had told the Chinese Foreign Minister earlier
that the Dalai Lama is an "honoured guest" of India and a
"spiritual leader" respected by millions of people in the
country.

"We do not encourage anyone to get into politics or any
other activity that could affect relations between the two
country," Krishna said.

China has been protesting whenever any Indian leader
meets the Dalai Lama or visits Arunachal Pradesh.

PTI

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