Govt clears decks for Dalai's visit to Arunachal

Showing a copy of a letter of the external affairs ministry’s letter, the chairperson of the state-level reception committee T G Rinpoche told reporters on Monday that it had cleared the visit on October 19 and the same was communicated to authorities here the next day.
The November visit is the fifth to the state by the Dalai since he fled Tibet in 1959 to India taking the Tawang route. The visit comes in the backdrop of the recent diplomatic bickering between India and China, including over Arunachal Pradesh. The Dalai last visited the state in 2003.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has politely indicated to China he would not bar the Dalai Lama from travelling to the remote northeastern state telling his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao during talks in Thailand last Saturday that the Nobel laureate was an honoured guest. Singh outlined India’s position in the wake of China pressing India to ban the visit by Dalai.

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