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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

February 24, 2014

February 20, 2014 - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama while in Washington, D.C.

“It was a pleasure to meet His Holiness today,” said Ambassador Bennett. “His message of non-violence and reconciliation is one Canada supports. 

“Canadians are concerned about the restrictions placed by the Chinese government on the right to freedom of religion of Tibetan Buddhists, especially on their ability to worship in peace. We are also concerned by the self-immolations by some Tibetans.”

Canada has consistently advocated substantive and meaningful dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama or his representatives to work toward a resolution of outstanding issues that is acceptable to both sides.

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