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HHDL-Rudd-Australia-PM-2007Dharamshala: - On Thursday, 27 June, the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a letter of congratulation to Kevin Rudd on his resuming responsibility as Prime Minister of Australia.

"Having just completed a ten day visit to Australia, His Holiness wrote that he was touched by the affection and friendship shown to him by people of all walks of life."

'He said that he was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the Australian people he met to know more about how positive human values can contribute to greater human happiness."

In June 2008, Rudd has said he was ready to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the future after missing him during the exiled Tibetan leader's visit in the country.

Rudd however noted that he had met with the spiritual of Tibet as opposition leader and that the previous premier, John Howard, also held talks with him.

"Would I meet the Dalai again in the future? I would see no cause to deviate from the practice I've adopted in the past, which is to meet with him as well," Rudd told a news conference in Tokyo, during his Japan visit in June 2008.

After his meeting with His Holiness in June 2007, Rudd said China's reaction was not surprising. "I think that's a consistent reaction from Beijing wherever this happens around the world, whether it's the Dalai Lama meeting with President Bush, President Clinton or Prime Minister Blair ... obviously these are sensitive issues for the Chinese," he told ABC radio.

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