Dalai Lama plans new visit to Norway

Dalai LamaDalai Lama has accepted an invitation to visit the International Student Festival (ISFiT) in Trondheim in February. This will be the second time Tibet's spiritual leader will visit the student festival. He first came to Trondheim in 1994. 


"I hope the government and the Labour Party wil be a little more brave than they were the last time," says leader of the Liberal Left Party, Trine Skei Grande.

Skei Grande refers to his visit in May, when the Parliamentary leaders refused to meet with Dalai Lama, and the spiritual leader had to enter through the back door. Both the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the President of Parliament had their schedules fully booked that day, and were not able to meet with him. The Parliament's Presidency did not want it to seem like an official visit, which could threaten Norway's relationship with China.

However, in 2015 Parliament will get a second chance. ISFit is a large international festival that attracts students from all over the world to come and discuss international politics. 

"Dalai Lama is the personification of ISFiT's values - dialogue across borders and religious differences - and as a solution instead of violence," says ISFiT's president Marius Jones in a press release. 

Skei Grande invited Dalai Lama to the festival when he visited Norway back in May. She is very pleased that he has confirmed his attendance. 

"This is great! I am so pleased that Norway is such a big priority to him. And it is especially nice that I was given the honour of extending the invite," she says. 

Although Skei Grande is doubtful that the government and the Labour Party will meet with Dalai Lama when he come to Norway in 2015, she hopes they will change their minds. She does not think that anything good came out of the parliamentary leaders not meeting with him.

"I just think we came across as weaker than we actually are," she tells Aftenposten. 



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