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Dalai Lama an honoured guest: India tells China

April 5, 2008

Sify News
Thursday, 03 April , 2008

New Delhi: India has told China that the Dalai Lama is an "honoured
guest." However, the country has assured China that it will not allow
any political activity by the Tibetan refugees that might affect
relations with the neighbouring country.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee conveyed to his Chinese
counterpart Yang Jiechi that India will protect its embassy and
consulates in the country and ensure security of all its personnel here.

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"Dalai Lama is an honoured guest. He and his followers are fully
entitled to carry out religious and spiritual activities," Mukherjee
told reporters here on Thursday. India would continue to offer him all
hospitality, he added.

Mukherjee, while referring to his telephonic talk with Yang on Wednesday
night, said: "Over the years, we have reached an understanding that they
will not indulge in any political activity that will affect our
relationship with any country."

Mukherjee emphasised India's position that the Tibetan Autonomous Region
“is part of China and that the Indian government does not allow Tibetans
to engage in anti-China political activities" in the country.

The Chinese Minister appreciated the position.

On ensuring security of China's interests in India, Mukherjee said he
had told Yang that "whatever is possible, we will try to do to protect
the properties, consulates and embassy, its personnel and the corporate
entity" of China.

Recently, Tibetan protesters had entered the Chinese embassy in the high
security Chankyapuri area here to mark their protest against Beijing's
use of force to crackdown the unrest in Lhasa.
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