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Dalai Lama: I'm here to meet ordinary Scots

posted 23 Jun 2012, 15:15 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 23 Jun 2012, 15:18 ]

The Dalai Lama shrugged off suggestions of a snub by ministers during the second day of his visit to Scotland yesterday, saying attempts to nobble civic leaders by Chinese officials had become almost routine for him over the last 40 years of travelling the globe.

Instead, the exiled leader of the Tibetan people said his primary reason for his visit was to meet ordinary Scots.

Commenting on the controversy, the Dalai Lama said: “Wherever I go meeting the public … spreading a message of human values, spreading a message of harmony, is the most important thing. I think governments can’t do much. Of course, if there is an opportunity of meeting [members of the government], then I am happy.”