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Dharamshala — Upon Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's return from his upcoming visit to China, he will "surely meet" His Holiness the Dalai Lama, says a senior leader in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

This will be the first meeting between the two leaders since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014.

This follows the cancellation of a scheduled meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the BJP President Amit Shah after a message from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) told him that a meeting days before Modi's visit to China would be "highly inappropriate".

The original meeting was scheduled to take place on May 2 in Dharamshala, but "the meeting, had it taken place, would have sent negative signals to the Chinese," according to the BJP source.