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Dalai Lama Heads to Washington, DC

February 18, 2010

February 16, 2010

There is a video report of His Holiness leaving Dharamsala airport.

The White House announced last week that
President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will meet on Thursday.

Dalai Lama left Kangra airport on Tuesday for the
national capital New Delhi. He will depart for Washington on Wednesday.

[Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibetan Prime
Minister-in-exile]: "His Holiness has left for
Washington on the invitation of President Barack
Obama and it was decided long time before when
his high level delegation was sent here last year
and since then the President was looking forward
to this meeting and on the 18th they will meet."

Rinpoche says that Tibetans are hoping for a good outcome out of the meeting.

[Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibetan Prime
Minister-in-exile]: "It is not very unusual. So
it was a long pre-planned meeting and we hope all will be well."

Previous U.S. presidents, including Obama's
predecessor, George W. Bush, have met the Dalai
Lama, drawing angry words from the Chinese
communist regime, but no substantive reprisals.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington have
risen in recent months on a range of issues from
their trade imbalance to the U.S. plan to sell
$6.4 billion of weapons to Taiwan.

The Dalai Lama has said he wants a high level of
autonomy for his homeland, which he fled in 1959.
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