Dalai Lama shrugs off Norway government snub

The Dalai Lama said on Wednesday, May 7, that he held no grudges against Norway’s government after they decided not to meet him on his trip to Oslo in order to avoid further damaging already fragile relations with China.

“Of course, if leaders like President Obama want to meet, I am glad, but I do not want to create any inconvenience for anyone,” the spiritual leader of the Tibetans told the press as he marked the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize.

Arguing that his real goal was to meet people not their leaders, the Dalai Lama said: “There is no reason to be disappointed. The more accusations from the Chinese government, the more popularity for me.”

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 in recognition of his non-violent campaign to end China’s rule of his homeland.

He was invited to Norway by pro-Tibetan groups.