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Discuss Tibet with Chinese minister: Tibetan group to Narendra Modi

IANS 08 Jun 2014, 11:06:57 AM IST
New Delhi: A Tibetan organisation has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to discuss the Tibet issue during his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) said it would like to contest a recent statement made by Chinese foreign ministry Spokesman Hong Lei that "The door for contact is open but I want to stress that we only talk with the personal envoy of the Dalai (Lama) and we will only talk about the future of the Dalai not anything about Tibet".

"We are very much in hope that the new prime minister will consider Tibet during this meeting," the association said in a statement.

It appealed to the prime minister to "urge China to respond to the negotiations extended by the exile-Tibetan leadership".

Wang Yi arrives Sunday for a two-day visit during which he will meet Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.