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Dalai Lama says he'd be happy to visit Taiwan, if possible

Dalai Lama says he'd be happy to visit Taiwan, if possible

Dharamshala, India March 16 (CNA) Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Monday he would be very happy to visit Taiwan to meet his longtime friends if the possibility arose. The Dalai Lama made the comment while meeting a group of visitors from Taiwan who told him that some Taiwanese civic groups have launched a petition to invite him to the island in July to celebrate his 80th birthday and pray for Taiwan. A 12-member Taiwanese delegation met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala in northern India, during which they presented him with an invitation from 15 Taiwanese civic organizations. The Dalai Lama said he was fully prepared for a visit to Taiwan if it could clear all barriers. He also reminded his followers to be realistic, saying that he respected any decision made by Taiwanese authorities. Hou Yi-ling (???), a representative of the delegation, said more than 50 civic groups have joined the petition, including three academic institutions, though the three institutions did not confirm her remarks Monday. After the delegation returns to Taiwan, it will continue to promote the petition, Hou added. The Dalai Lama has visited Taiwan three times -- in 1997, 2001 and 2009. During the 2009 visit, he prayed for the victims of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan. (By Ho Horng-ru and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-18 11:02 GMT+08:00