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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Obama meets with Dalai Lama

February 21, 2010

The Washington Post (blog)
February 18, 2010

Statement from the Press Secretary on the
President' s meeting Thursday with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama:

"The President 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."
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