Dalai Lama to be Rome honorary citizen

Rome, Italy - Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived Sunday in Rome to be made honorary citizen of the Italian capital, said airport news agency Telenews.

A group of 120 Italian senators and deputies will on Monday morning visit the Dalai Lama, who is set to receive the title of honorary citizen during an afternoon ceremony.

The Buddhist spiritual leader was originally scheduled to travel to Rome in autumn to receive the title, but had to postpone the visit due to health problems.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in the Indian town of Dharamshala, was admitted to a New Delhi hospital in October last year for keyhole surgery to remove stones from his gallbladder.

The 73-year-old monk suffered further health problems last week, when he was rushed by air to New Delhi's Apollo hospital, where he was treated for a pinched nerve.

Rome's city council had adopted in September a motion conferring the title of honorary citizen on the Dalai Lama as advocate for human rights and for "his international efforts to bring about a peaceful solution for Tibet".

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamshala since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.