US President Gives “Strong Support” to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House on 18 February 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House on 18 February 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Washington, DC: US President Barack Obama met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. The President stated his “strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China”.

The President commended the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” approach, his commitment to nonviolence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinese government. The President stressed that he has “consistently encouraged both sides to engage in direct dialogue to resolve differences and was pleased to hear about the recent resumption of talks”.

The President and the Dalai Lama agreed on the importance of a positive and cooperative relationship between the United States and China.

“Today’s meeting is a clear demonstration of President Obama’s support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s efforts to resolve the Tibet issue as well as of his personal respect for him,” said Lodi Gyari, the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.