Tibetan government-in-exile happy with Nirupama Rao's visit to Dharamshala

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Shimla, July 11 (ANI): Officials of the Tibetan government-in-exile has expressed happiness after Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala.

Rao met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday, and held talks with Tibetan officials.

The Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Samdhong Rinpoche confirmed that the meetings held behind closed doors were just routine.

"This is not a special thing, it is a regular annual visit. She was not able to come last year, 2009, because of various (reasons)...His Holiness was mostly outside, so then this time she made the visit," said Rinpoche.

Nirupama Rao's meeting comes a week after India's National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon visited the Chinese capital Beijing.

"She met with Dalai Lama and other Tibetan officials of Central Tibetan Administration and Kalon Tripa and all. By and large the whole trip of her visit (has) gone very well and we are very happy with that," said Migyur Dorjee, Cabinet Secretary of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Nirupama Rao also visited the Tibetan monastery Norbulingka near Dharamshala before leaving for New Delhi. (ANI)

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