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Strasbourg – The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama has reached France after a gap of 5 years where he will also address the Council of Europe, a statement issued said Wednesday.

The Nobel peace laureate arrived in Paris on Monday for a six-day visit that will take him to the European Parliament and Paris. The visit, his first in five years, will be spent largely in Strasbourg.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama will pay a visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on Thursday, 15 September, where he will meet Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, President of the Parliamentary Assembly Pedro Agramunt and Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks," the Council of Europe said.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama will deliver an address (Palais de l'Europe, 10.45 am) to the diplomatic community and representatives of Council of Europe bodies, focusing on the development of compassion and ethical awareness in a secular world," the Council added.

It will also be possible to follow the event live on the Council of Europe website.