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Dharamshala: - The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with President Obama this morning at the White House. President Obama said that he was honored to meet His Holiness again.

This was the third meeting between the Tibetan spiritual leader and the US President. The earlier two official meetings took place on February 18th 2010 and July 16th 2011.

US President Barack Obama on Friday offered "strong support" for Tibetans' human rights in a meeting with the Tibet's spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama at White House.

"The president 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," a White House statement said.

The White House said that President Obama supported His Holiness the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" path of peaceful dialogue and encouraged China to resume long-stalled talks with the exiled leader or his representatives.

The statement rejected Beijing's charges that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace laureate and self-described pacifist, had a separatist agenda and that his meeting was part of a plot to split China.

"The president reiterated the US position that Tibet is part of the People's Republic of China and that the United States does not support Tibet independence.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama "stated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet and hopes that dialogue between his representatives and the Chinese government will resume," it said.

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