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India's Foreign Secretary Meets With Dalai Lama

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Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao listens to a question during a joint press conference with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on June 24, 2010. Top Indian and Pakistani diplomats pledged on June 24 to strive

News reports from India say the country's Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao held talks Saturday with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at his residence in northern India.

A spokesman for the Dalai Lama (Tenzin Taklha) said the two discussed issues of common interest during a closed-door meeting that lasted more than an hour. He declined to give any further details.

Rao arrived to Dharamsala Saturday, just days after the Dalai Lama celebrated his 75th birthday. She also met with other top officials of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Neighboring China has complained about Tibetan exiles' activities in India and accused the Dalai Lama of trying to stir up tensions between Beijing and New Delhi. India's government says it does not allow any anti-China activities on its territory, including Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama says he seeks only cultural autonomy for his homeland.

The Buddhist monk has lived in exile since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. An estimated 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, about 100,000 of them in India.

India's National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon visited China earlier this week.

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