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Tibet's spiritual leader Dalai Lama visits Inverness

The Dalai Lama
Image caption The Dalai Lama is in Inverness following a visit to Edinburgh

Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been speaking in Inverness at the end of his UK tour.

All 1,300 tickets for his appearance at the city's Eden Court sold out in 24 hours, jamming phones at the theatre in the process.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, has already visited Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Dundee.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India, is one of the world's best known religious figures.

Religious groups invited him to visit the UK.

There has been controversy over his tour of Scotland.

In Dundee, the Lord Provost Bob Duncan was accused of cancelling his speech at a specially-arranged event on Friday.

The city council said SNP councillor Mr Duncan was not snubbing the Dalai Lama and would speak to the 76-year-old after attending a family funeral.

It emerged earlier this week that the Chinese consul general to Scotland had met council leaders from all three cities scheduled for the tour.

The issue was raised during first minister's question time in the Scottish Parliament, where opposition parties claimed China had put pressure on the SNP government over the visit.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned parties not to politicise what was a "pastoral" visit, before saying that no UK government ministers were meeting the Dalai Lama during his trip.

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