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Omar welcomes Dalai Lama on first visit to Kashmir

india Updated: Jul 12, 2012 19:41 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Tibetan Buddhist Monk Dalai Lama arrived in Srinagar on Thursday on his maiden visit to Kashmir valley, where he will visit the site believed to have conducted the fourth largest Bhuddist conference centuries ago.

"Lama was received by chief minister Omar Abdullah at the Srinagar airport. The chief minister welcomed the religious leader and conveyed his good wishes to him. He also enquired about the health of Dalai Lama," said an official spokesman.

Dalai Lama, the spokesman said, prayed for peace, prosperity and development of the state.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Srinagar on Thursday on his maiden private visit to Kashmir during which he is scheduled to meet Tibetan refugees living in the Valley.

The Dalai Lama, who will be a state guest during his six-day stay in the Valley, was received at the airport by chief minister Omar Abdullah.

"The chief minister welcomed the (Buddhist) religious leader and conveyed his good wishes to him. Omar also enquired about the health of the Dalai Lama," an official spokesman said.

On his first visit to the valley, the Dalai Lama, who retired from active politics, will stay for six day.

Besides visiting the sites of significance, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to the Tibetan refugees living in Kashmir on Sunday. He will visit a Tibetan school and Tibetan colony on Sunday.

Travelling to Srinagar after a gap of 25 years, the spiritual leader is likely to visit a Buddhist holy site near Harwan on the outskirts of the city. The fourth Buddhist conference was held in Kashmir centuries ago at the same site.

Last year, the Dalai Lama visited Jammu and told reporters that "through talks and through understanding, I think things will improve (in Kashmir)."