Discussions between officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and representatives of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama during the period 1 May 2014 up to the last specified date for which information is available
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 2134 (NW26056E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 21-2014 OF 24 OCTOBER 2014.
Mr H M Hoosen (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
(1) Were any discussions held between officials from her department and representatives of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama during the period 1 May 2014 up to the last specified date for which information is available; if so, in each case, (a) did the discussion take place (i) in person or (ii) over the telephone, (b) what was the purpose of the discussion, (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) positions of the officials present at the discussion and (d) what resolutions were reached;
(2) whether any visa application by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was withdrawn as a result of directive since 1 January 2014; if so, (a) on whose authority was such a directive given, (b) which departmental official(s) executed the directive and (c) on what date was said directive executed? NW2605E
(1) (a) (i) and (ii) Yes, discussion took place in person and over the telephone.
(b) The purpose of the telephone call was to request a courtesy meeting. The meeting in person took place to formally welcome the new Head of the Office of Tibet in South Africa, and to get a briefing on the latest developments in Tibet.
(c) (i) Dr A Sooklal
(ii) Deputy Director-General: Asia and the Middle East
(d) To maintain regular contact and exchange information.