Dalai Lama welcomes Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to India

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama is back to Emory University campus in his role as Presidential Distinguished Professor October 8-10, 2013. Photo: Vino Wong/AJC
New Delhi: Two days after China announced that it would be sending its Foreign Minister Wang Yi to India to meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama on Saturday welcomed the initiative taken by the Asian giant.


Expressing happiness over the Chinese government's decision to send its Foreign Minister on June 08 as special envoy to India, Dalai Lama welcomed the move and said it is a good step.

Wang Yi will meet both Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during his visit.

This comes after Chinese Prime Minister on May 29 phoned his Indian counterpart and expressed his government's desire to establish robust partnership with New Delhi.

During the 25-minute telephonic conversation, Li conveyed Chinese government's desire to establish robust partnership with the new Indian government for further development of relations between the two nations, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

Modi, on his part, noted that China was always a "priority" in India's foreign policy and welcomed greater economic engagement between the two countries.

Modi also thanked Li for his earlier message of felicitations and extended an invitation through him to President Xi Jinping to pay a visit to India later this year.

With PTI inputs

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