Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama holds the hand of an Indian man suffering from leprosy during his visit to Tahirpur Leprosy complex, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The stigma of leprosy endures in India, even though the country has made great strides against the disease, which is neither highly contagious nor fatal. Now the number of new annual cases has risen slightly after years of steady decline, and medical experts say the enormous fear surrounding leprosy is hindering efforts to finally eliminate it. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama holds the hand of an Indian man suffering from leprosy during his visit to Tahirpur Leprosy complex, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The stigma of leprosy endures in India, even though the country has made great strides against the disease, which is neither highly contagious nor fatal. Now the number of new annual cases has risen slightly after years of steady decline, and medical experts say the enormous fear surrounding leprosy is hindering efforts to finally eliminate it. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
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STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway, under pressure from China, says it won’t officially meet with Nobel Peace laureate the Dalai Lama when he visits the country next month.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Astrid Versto confirmed Friday the government decided against any officials meeting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader when he visits May 7-9, but declined further comment.

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China severed diplomatic and economic ties with the Scandinavian country after the Oslo-based Nobel Committee awarded the annual Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.

Although diplomatic talks recently resumed between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing warned earlier this week that no one should give a platform to what it described as the Dalai Lama’s divisive words.

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.