Dharamshala: - Despite the strong objections from China,US President Barack Obama met His Holiness the Dalai Lama Friday reiterating the government of the United States of America supports his "Middle Way" approach to solve the issue of Tibet.
The president's 3rd official meeting with the spiritual leader of Tibet and fellow Nobel laureate, who is in the US on a speaking tour, was successful. The two leaders also discussed issues related to morality and leadership, and how one can produce new generation of ethical leaders in the 21st century.
In an almost hour-long meeting, His Holiness shared his core commitment related to promotion of human values, fostering interfaith dialogue and preservation of Tibetan people's unique culture and rich tradition.
"The President reiterated that Chinese government should have constructive dialogue with His Holiness' representatives without any precondition."
President Obama asked His Holiness the Dalai Lama about Tibet and His Holiness explained the current situation. President Obama expressed his deep concern about the worsening human rights situation in Tibet and Tibetan areas in China.
According to a readout of the President's meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama provided by the White House, "the President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama."
President Obama "reiterated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People's Republic of China".
He "commended the Dalai Lama's commitment to peace and nonviolence and expressed support for the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way' approach".
The president, the readout said, stressed that he encourages direct dialogue to resolve long standing differences and that a dialogue that produces results would be positive for China and Tibetans.
In this context, the president reiterated the US position that Tibet is part of the People's Republic of China and that the US does not support Tibet's independence, it said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, according to the readout, stated that "he is not seeking independence for Tibet and hopes that dialogue between his representatives and the Chinese government will resume."
President Obama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama agreed on "the importance of a positive and constructive relationship between the US and China," it said.
The President Barack Obama earlier met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in February 2010 and July 2011.
Sikyong or the political leader of Tibetans Dr. Lobsang Sangay welcomed the meeting between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and President Obama.
"I welcome President Obama's strong endorsement of the Middle Way Approach policy and constructive dialogue without any precondition. This meeting sends a powerful message of hope to Tibetans in Tibet who are undergoing immense suffering. The meeting reflects the American government and people's continued commitment to freedom and democracy," Dr Sangay said after the meeting.
Presidents of both Democratic and Republican parties over the past three decades have met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the White House.
Earlier Friday, China urged President Obama to call off the meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, claiming it a "gross interference in the internal affairs of China". "It will seriously violate norms governing international relations and severely impair China-US relations," said Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry in Beijing.