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France calls in Chinese ambassador over Dalai Lama

July 11, 2008

Zee News  (India)
July 10, 2008

Paris, July 10 -- French Foreign Minister Bernard W Kouchner on
Wednesday said that he had called in China's ambassador over his
comments warning of serious consequences to relations if President
Nicolas Sarkozy met the Dalai Lama.

"I was very surprised by the remarks of the Chinese ambassador. I
have asked him to come and see me to explain his position, which
appears to be difficult for France to accept," said Kouchner.

Chinese ambassador to France Kong Quan yesterday warned of "serious
consequences" to Sino-French relations if Sarkozy met the exiled
Tibetan spiritual leader during his visit to France next month.
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