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International Relations: Dalai Lama’s visa being processed

It’s been reported the spiritual leader cancelled his trip to the country after he was denied a visa.

The Dalai Lama. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says a visa application by the Dalai Lama is being taken through normal due process.

Early on Thursday the Cape Times reported the spiritual leader cancelled his trip to the country after he was denied a visa.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, whose real name is Tenzin Gyatso, was due to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town next month.

The department's Nelson Kgwete says, "The South African High Commission in New Delhi in India has received a visa application from the office of his holiness."

Kgwete says the visa application is being processed through the normal procedure and the applicant will be informed of the outcome.

The Dalai Lama has been denied a visa to South Africa in the past.

Speaking to 567 Cape Talk's John Maytham, Nangsa Choedon, the Dalai Lama's representative in South Africa, said "They have gotten back to us to say they have received his request but the government is not in a position to grant him a visa."

No mention is made on the spiritual leader's website of him planning to come to South Africa.