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Gillard has No Plans to Meet Dalai Lama

  • VOA Tibetan

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday that she has no plans yet to meet with the Dalai Lama when he visits Australia in June.

"At this stage, I do not have a meeting scheduled with the Dalai Lama," she said. "Any such decision will be taken closer to the time."

The Dalai Lama's visit to Australia from June 9 to 20 ends only days before Gillard's first anniversary as government leader.

Gillard was responding to a question from an independent lawmaker on whether she would meet the 75-year-old Buddhist monk in his capacity as "spiritual leader and representative of millions of Tibetans."