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Dalai Lama will be our state guest: Arunachal CM

Notwithstanding Chinese objection to the Dalai Lama's proposed visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said the Tibetan spiritual leader will be accorded the honour of 'state guest' during his week-long tour beginning November 7.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2009 20:41 IST

Notwithstanding Chinese objection to the Dalai Lama's proposed visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on Wednesday said the Tibetan spiritual leader will be accorded the honour of 'state guest' during his week-long tour beginning November 7.

Khandu said the Dalai will be given all protocol, including a tight security cover, when he arrives.

"He will be accorded with the honour of state guest. He will visit Tawang, Itanagar and some other places," Khandu told PTI.

On the sidelines of the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits in Cha-Am Hua Hin, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao that the Dalai Lama is an "honoured guest" of India.

"I explained to Premier Wen that Dalai Lama is our honoured guest and he is a religious leader," Singh had said.

China has protested the Dalai Lama's planned visit to Arunachal Pradesh. It accused the Dalai, who fled to India in 1949 after a failed uprising against the Communist rule, of indulging in anti-China activities and trying to "split" Tibet from the country.