US President Gives "Strong Support" to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
[Thursday, 18 February 2010]
|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: 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
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.