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Visit to Tawang part of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's spiritual role

November 8, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 6, 2009

Dharamshala -- A senior US government official
said Friday that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is
free to go anywhere to deliver his role as a
religious leader, the Times of India reported.

"The Dalai Lama is a religious leader and he, of
course, can travel to carry out that role," US
under secretary of state for democracy and global
affairs Maria Otero told journalists in New Delhi.

"He (Dalai Lama) is visiting a monastery, a holy
place. And from our perspective, this is one of
the roles that he plays," said Otera.

Otero said US President Barack Obama would be
visiting China this month and Tibet would
certainly be one of the issues for discussion with the Chinese leaders.

"One could sense that this issue (Tibet) could be
under consideration in some of those meetings
with China," she said to a query on Obama's
impending visit and if the Tibetan issue would be taken up then.

"But again, I cannot absolutely confirm how it is
or what it is, but there is no doubt that this is
an issue that we have. I certainly have been
addressing it. I think that probably something
that will emerge," Otero, who is also the US
special coordinator for Tibet, said.

"Tibet is very much symbolised by Dalai Lama. He
is a person highly revered in the US and highly
regarded as a religious leader...certainly his
representation of Tibet. President Obama has a
lot of respect and consideration for the Dalai Lama," she added.
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