WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama to express his “strong support” for human rights and religious freedom for the people

of Tibet while encouraging a direct dialogue with China.

Mr Obama “commended the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way’ approach, his commitment to non-violence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinesegovernment during an hour-long meeting in the Map Room in the residential wing of the White House,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.


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