Kuwait to reject visit visa to Dalai Lama

Conference set for May 21-23
KUWAIT CITY, May 11: The Kuwaiti government has no intention to grant a visit visa to the Tibetan leader — Dalai Lama, who has been invited to the international conference on the impact of democracy and technology on the region, reports Al-Mostaqbal daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed the Fahad Al-Salem Center for Civilizations Dialogue and Defending Freedoms will organize the conference from May 21-23, 2011. Sources said there are hidden hands that control the decision-making process in the government and this might defame Kuwait in the international and regional communities, considering it is known for its democratic and constitutional practices, particularly in defending freedoms.

Sources pointed out the Dalai Lama is one of the prominent figures in the international community who was invited to the conference. He is renowned for his peace efforts, including his commitment to protect the rights of nations that enjoy democracy, freedom and justice, sources added.

Wondering why the government does not want to grant an entry visa to the Dalai Lama, sources asserted visit visas have been issued to those who oppose the country. They believe the alleged plan not to grant visa to the Dalai Lama is an attempt to suspend the conference. Sources said Chairman of the center Sheikh Fahad Al-Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah received a confirmation from the personal representative of the Dalai Lama that he is taking part in the conference.

Posted by: Jay Ale                                            Source: Arab Times

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