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Norwegian government won't meet Dalai Lama to warm up relations with China

Published on Apr 25, 2014 11:13 PM

OSLO (AFP) - Norway said on Friday that its government would not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo in May, in a controversial decision aimed at warming up icy relations with China.

“The government today decided that no representatives from the Norwegian authorities would meet the Dalai Lama when he is visiting Norway,” Foreign Minister Boerge Brende told Norwegian newswire NTB.

Mr Brende told Norwegian newswire NTB that the decision was made due to "the absolutely extraordinary situation between China and Norway", which have not had "any real political contact" for several years.

Norway’s decision came after the Chinese government issued a new warning this week that Beijing is “firmly opposed to other countries providing a platform for the Dalai Lama’s activities that aim at dividing China”.

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