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I share the sense of optimism expressed by the US President Barack Obama at National Prayer Breakfast Meeting held in Washington D.C. on Thursday, February 04, 2016. I thank President Obama for warmly greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama who attended this National Prayer.
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Barack Obama greets Dalai Lama, upsets China – Times of India
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BARACK OBAMA GREETS DALAI LAMA, UPSETS CHINA
US President Barack Obama has angered China after warmly acknowledging
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and calling him “a good friend” at a
national prayer breakfast in Washington, media reports said on Saturday.
IANS | Feb 6, 2016, 11.43 AM IST
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (File photo)
BEIJING/LONDON: US President Barack Obama has angered China after warmly
acknowledging Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and calling him “a
good friend” at a national prayer breakfast in Washington, media reports
said on Saturday.
Obama did not directly meet the Dalai Lama who was seated among the audience
at the annual White House National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, but bowed
to the Tibetan Buddhist leader and called him a “good friend”, The Guardian
The Dalai Lama is “a powerful example of what it means to practice
compassion and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of
all human beings”, Obama said during his speech.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Friday said that Beijing is
“against foreign countries interfering in China’s domestic affairs under the
pretext of Tibet-related issues”.
“The Dalai Lama is seeking support from foreign counties to realise his
political end, but he cannot succeed,” Hong added, calling the spiritual
leader “a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist
activities under the pretext of religion”.
It was the first time Obama and the Dalai Lama were seen together in public.
Three previous encounters have been held behind closed doors relations with
China has long opposed any meetings between the Dalai Lama and foreign heads
of state. South Africa has refused three times to grant the Dalai Lama visas
to visit the country, including one to attend a summit of Nobel peace
laureates in October 2015.
In December, Pope Francis declined to meet with the Dalai Lama amid a push
by the Vatican to improve ties with Beijing.
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