The Dalai Lama has apologised after outrage over a video of him kissing a minor on the lips and asking him to "suck his tongue".
The Buddhist spiritual leader apologised to the boy, his family, and all concerned through his team, stating that he "often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way".
"A video clip has been circulating that shows a recent meeting when a young boy asked His Holiness the Dalai Lama if he could give him a hug. His Holiness wishes to apologize to the boy and his family, as well as to his many friends across the world, for the hurt his words may have caused. His Holiness often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras. He regrets the incident," said an official statement.
The video sparked controversy that showed the Dalai Lama kissing a young boy on the lips and touching foreheads with him. Then the leader sticks out his tongue and says, "Can you suck my tongue?"