NEW DELHI: The week-long visit of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh next month will take place as scheduled, notwithstanding objections by China.
The Dalai Lama will be in the north eastern state from April 4 to 13 and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, among others, will meet him there.
During his visit to Tawang bordering China, the spiritual leader will be hosted by the Buddhist Tawang monastery where he will be meeting his followers.
“The Dalai Lama will be a guest of the Arunachal Pradesh Government and as a devotee, I will meet him in Tawang,” Rijiju, who represents the Arunachal-West Lok Sabha constituency under which Tawang falls, told reporters here.
Peeved over the proposed visit, China today warned India against allowing him to visit Arunachal Pradesh, saying it would cause “serious damage” to the bilateral ties and peace in the “disputed” border region.