New Zealand PM rules out meeting with Dalai Lama

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June 18, 2007 02:13

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark on Monday ruled out a formal meeting with the Dalai Lama when he is in the capital, Wellington, on Tuesday - after meeting with him last week at an airport in Australia. Foreign Minister Winston Peters will meet the revered Buddhist icon, but only in his private capacity as leader of the New Zealand First Party. "The Dalai Lama is not a head of government, I don't meet every visitor to New Zealand," Clark said. "He is no ordinary spiritual or religious leader either, you can see that by the way in which controversy surrounds these visits," Clark told TV One's Breakfast program.


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