No government ministers or representatives for the Norwegian authorities will meet Tibet's religious leader Dalai Lama, when he visits Norway in May. This has been confirmed by Foreign Minister Børge Brende.
The reason is is pressure from China and a wish for an improvement in the icy relations between Norway and China, NRK reports.
The relations between China and Norway have been strained since the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2010 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
The Norwegian government has since then been hoping for improved relations with China.
However, the final decision to not meet with the Tibetan leader, has put the Government under fire from many quarters. Around half of all Norwegians disagree, and say we should not bend to the Chinese demand, but stand up for what we believe is right. And many opposition politicians and political commentators call it a cowardly decision
Dalai Lama is arriving in Oslo on a private visit on May 7th, 25 years after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital.