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Dalai Lama not welcome in Mongolia anymore

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 December 2016, 12:21 IST

The Dalai Lama will not be further invited to Mongolia, even for religious reasons, announced the country's foreign minister.

The decision comes after Dalai Lama's recent visit to Mongolia drew economic pressure from China. Though revered in Buddhist Mongolia, he is considered a separatist agitator by Chinese officials.

Last month, his visit was welcomed by Mongolia, following which China put pressure on Mongolia to such an extent that the country's Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil reportedly told Mongolian newspaper Unuddur, "under this current government, the Dalai Lama will not be invited to Mongolia, even for religious reasons."

According to The Christian Science Monitor, China postponed diplomatic meetings with Mongolian officials and imposed new commodity shipping fees after the spiritual leader's recent visit to Mongolia.

Currently in recession, Mongolia's economy is largely dependent on China, moreover the countries had been negotiating a possible $4.2 billion loan. China has put negotiations on hold after the Dalai Lama's visit.

First published: 23 December 2016, 12:21 IST
 
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