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Dalai Lama will be our state guest: Arunachal CM

October 29, 2009

Times of India
October 28, 2009

NEW DELHI -- Notwithstanding Chinese objection to
the Dalai Lama's proposed visit to Arunachal
Pradesh, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today said the
Tibetan spiritual leader will be accorded the
honour of 'state guest' during his week-long tour beginning November 7.

Khandu said the Dalai will be given all protocol,
including a tight security cover, when he arrives.

"He will be accorded with the honour of state
guest. He will visit Tawang, Itanagar and some other places," Khandu said.

On the sidelines of the ASEAN-India and East Asia
Summits in Cha-Am Hua Hin, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh had conveyed to his Chinese
counterpart Wen Jiabao that the Dalai Lama is an "honoured guest" of India.

"I explained to Premier Wen that Dalai Lama is
our honoured guest and he is a religious leader," Singh had said.

China has protested the Dalai Lama's planned
visit to Arunachal Pradesh. It accused the Dalai,
who fled to India in 1949 after a failed uprising
against the Communist rule, of indulging in
anti-China activities and trying to "split" Tibet from the country.
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