Dalai Lama cancels visit to Switzerland

Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called off his planned visit to Switzerland next month for health reasons.

This content was published on September 13, 2008 minutes

He was due to attend an inter-religious celebration, take part in an event for the 40th anniversary of the Tibet Institute near Zurich and possibly meet a member of the Swiss government.

Doctors advised the 73-year-old to reduce the number of his foreign trips, according to the Indian-based headquarters of the Tibet government in exile.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was treated for abdominal pain at a hospital in Mumbai at the end of last month.

He also had to call off two other foreign trips.

During his last visit to Switzerland three years ago around 10,000 people came to hear him talk at a conference in Zurich.

Switzerland is home to an estimated 3,500 Tibetans. They are said to form the biggest Tibetan community in Europe, and the third largest in the world.

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