Obama meets the Dalai Lama
His Grace received three emails from The White House today (still nothing from 10 Downing Street - ever). The first informed him (live) that President Obama had just entered a meeting with the Dalai Lama at 11.33am. The second informed him that the meeting finished at 12.17pm, with the message: 'With that, we have a travel-photo lid and no deficit of hot sun and blue sky. Enjoy the day!'
They are very pleasant people at The White House Office of Communications.
The third email included the following statement:
The White HouseHis Grace is most appreciative of these communications, but would rather be sent a full transcript of the meeting instead of the 'Middle Way' dross churned out for public (and Chinese) consumption. What would the Wikileaks account say?
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2011
Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’s Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. The President reiterated his strong support for the preservation of the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions of Tibet and the Tibetan people throughout the world. He underscored the importance of the protection of human rights of Tibetans in China. The President commended the Dalai Lama’s commitment to nonviolence and dialogue with China and his pursuit of the “Middle Way” approach. Reiterating the U.S. policy that Tibet is a part of the People’s Republic of China and the United States does not support independence for Tibet, the President 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. The President stressed the importance he attaches to building a U.S.-China cooperative partnership. The Dalai Lama stated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet and hopes that dialogue between his representatives and the Chinese government can soon resume.