Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is in Germany after spending three days visiting Poland. He was greeted by local officials Wednesday in the German town of Neu-Isenburg.
Hesse State Premier Roland Koch told the Dalai Lama that he has a lot of support in Germany.
Over the next few days, the Dalai Lama is set to give a series of lectures in Frankfurt on topics such as peace, the environment, the economy and ethics.
On Thursday, he is scheduled to meet with Federal Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. It remains to be seen how their meeting is received by Chinese officials. In 2007, relations with Beijing soured over Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to receive the Tibetan leader.
Next Monday, the Dalai Lama will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Marburg, after which he will travel onward to Switzerland.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and D