New Delhi: In a huge turn of events, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday, denied visa to the Germany-based Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa for a conference to be held in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

Dolkun Isa is a leader of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and had been invited to the conference being organised by the US-based ‘Initiatives for China’. Uyghurs and other Chinese dissidents in exile are expected to attend and discuss democratic transformation in China.

A couple of days back, however, there were reports that the government had, in fact, issued the visa to Isa for the Dharamsala conference, a decision which was likely to lead to a diplomatic row between New Delhi and Beijing. Dolkun had been dubbed as a ‘terrorist’ by Beijing.

On the decision to grant the visa, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had said, “What I want to point out is that Dolkun is a terrorist on red notice of the Interpol and Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is due obligation of relevant countries.”

Isa had earlier confirmed that he had been granted the visa for the India visit but would only confirm his participation once he assessed the security arrangements, owing to the fact that China had got a Red Corner Notice issued against him by Interpol.

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