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Dalai Lama Denied South Africa Visa

September 7, 2014

The Dalai Lama has again been refused entry to South Africa, where he was scheduled to attend the 14th world summit of Nobel peace laureates, his representative has said.

Nangsa Choedon said officials from the department of international relations called her to say the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visa had been denied, the Cape Times newspaper reported on Thursday.

The office had not received written confirmation of the refusal, she said. “For now, the Dalai Lama has decided to cancel his trip to South Africa,” Choedon was reported as saying.

The department confirmed the South African high commission in India had received a visa application from the Dalai Lama’s office. “The application will be taken through normal due process. The relevant authorities will communicate with the applicant thereafter,” it said.


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