(NewsRadio); An official for the Tibetan government has reportedly said Dalai Lama has no plans to visit Sri Lanka although he has been invited.
The development comes two days after China opposed a supposed visit by the Dalai Lama to Sri Lanka.
On Tuesday, China had said Sri Lanka must safeguard its bilateral relationship with Beijing.
The PTI reported that a top Chinese embassy official met the Chief Prelate in Kandy to express opposition to the visit.
According to the Tibetan government official, the spiritual leader was urged to visit Colombo by a Sri Lankan delegation which attended a Pali conference of Buddhist monks in Bodh Gaya, Bihar last month.
The official has told Indian media, “His Holiness was invited by a Sri Lankan delegation but he did not commit to any date. He has no plans to visit Sri Lanka at the moment.”
The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959.
India is also home to some 100,000 Tibetan exiles.
Although he has stepped down as the leader of the government-in-exile based in Dharamsala in India and he no longer advocates independence for Tibet, Beijing still calls him a “splittist” and opposes countries hosting him.
The Dalai Lama is highly respected in Sri Lanka.