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Dalai Lama's visit must be weighed across the board: premier

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) A visit to Taiwan by Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, must be considered from all angles, Premier Liu Chao-hsiuan said Tuesday.
Reiterating President Ma Ying-jeou's previous statement about the matter, Liu said "the government is not fully opposed to such a visit to Taiwan by the Dalai Lama" and added that "a Dalai Lama visit must be made at the proper time after the matter has been fully evaluated due to the sensitive political situation in Taiwan." Asserting that the government firmly supports religious freedom in Tibet and Tibet's autonomy, Liu said the government is also ready to take concrete measures to help some Tibetans who lack adequate ID documents to settle in Taiwan.
The premier made the comments while answering questions from opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Huang-liang during a legislative question and answer session.
The Association of Taiwan Journalists invited the Dalai Lama Monday in Dharamshala, India to visit Taiwan.
The spiritual leader of Tibet said he accepted the invitation in principle, but voiced his hope that his visit to Taiwan would not provoke the concerns of Taiwan's authorities.
(By Flor Wang)

Updated : 2021-05-17 09:14 GMT+08:00