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Dalai Lama hopeful Indian PM will raise Tibet issue in US

November 22, 2009

November 21, 2009

Dharamsala, Nov. 21 -- Describing Indian prime
minister Manmohan Singh as a "clean politician",
the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai
Lama Saturday reportedly raised hope that the
Indian Prime Minister would do whatever possible
on the Tibetan issue when he meets US President Barack Obama next week.

"The Indian prime minister is a very honest
person and a clean politician. India and Tibet
have a very close spiritual relation. I am sure
that whatever the prime minister can appeal to
Obama, he will do," IANS quoted the Dalai Lama as
saying in New Delhi when asked about his hopes
from Manmohan Singh’s four-day trip to Washington.

Manmohan Singh left for the US Saturday as the
first state guest of Obama at the White House.

"I have no worry but I understand that he should
be practical and realistic. The government of
India and the US have certain limitations and
that is also a reality,” the Dalai Lama told
reporters at the launch of a campus centre at Max hospital in Saket.

During his visit to Italy earlier this week, the
Dalai Lama had appreciated Obama’s appeal to
Chinese leaders for the early resumption of talks
with his representatives over the Tibet issue.

"The government of India and we have accepted
Tibet as an autonomous region of the Republic of
China. President Obama must have had serious
talks with the Chinese leaders (on the Tibet
issue) and I must appreciate that," IANS quoted
the 74-year old Tibetan leader as saying on the
sidelines of the press conference.
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