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President Barack Obama's Emissary Calls On His Holiness the Dalai Lama

September 17, 2009

www.tibetcustom.com - September 15, 2009

Dharamsala: US President Barack Obama's emissary, Valerie Jarrett, called on
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on September 13 and 14. She was accompanied by
State Department Under Secretary Maria Otero, who she introduced formally to
His Holiness as the designated new Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

Ms. Jarrett, who is a Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Obama,
conveyed the President's greetings to His Holiness and informed him that she
was sent to brief him about the Obama Administration's approach to the
Tibetan issue.

She reiterated President Obama's commitment to support the Tibetan people in
protecting their distinct religious, linguistic, and cultural heritage and
securing respect for their human rights and civil liberties. She said the
President commends the Dalai Lama for being consistent in looking for a
solution based on Tibetan autonomy within the People's Republic of China.

His Holiness gave an overview of the situation of the Tibetans in exile. He
informed Ms. Jarrett of the measures taken by the Tibetans in India to
preserve and promote the distinct Tibetan culture and identity through the
kind and generous assistance of people and government of India.

He also updated Ms. Jarrett on the status of the dialogue process with the
Chinese leadership, including the presentation of a comprehensive Memorandum
on Tibetan autonomy to the Chinese leadership during the eighth round of
discussions in October-November 2008. Ms. Jarrett discussed with His
Holiness on the best way the United States could assist in the resolution
for the Tibetan issue, particularly in the light of the first visit by
President Obama to China in November. His Holiness conveyed to Ms. Jarrett
the issues that he would like President Obama to take when he visits China.
His Holiness also conveyed his strong belief that the United States and
China need to have very good and principled relations.

His Holiness greatly appreciated President Obama's concern for the situation
in Tibet and said he was hopeful that during his presidency the Tibetan
people can see progress in the resolution of their problem. His Holiness is
looking forward to meeting President Obama after his visit to China.

His Holiness expressed his concerns on a number of issues, including global
conflicts and matters relating to the environment. He applauded President
Obama's initiative to tackle these issues through cooperation, outreach and
dialogue and urged him to continue doing so.

His Holiness welcomed the decision to appoint Under Secretary Maria Otero as
the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and said he looked forward to
working with her.

Valerie Jarrett, "conveyed the president's respect" and heard the Dalai
Lama's "commitment to dialogue with the Chinese government, and that he does
not seek independence but rather sees Tibet's future as a part of China,"
The New York Times quoted Mr Mike Hammer, a spokesman for the National
Security Council, as saying in an e-mail message.

"We think his views deserve our attention, and that of the Chinese
government," he said.
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