US Presidentmet Tibetan Spiritual Leader the Dalai Lama at the White House, his spokesman said, underlining the meeting between the two Noble laureates does not change America’s stand on Tibet.
“This is actually the fourth opportunity that President Obama has had to meet with theat the White House over the last eight years,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.
“And I would just reiterate once again that the US’s position, as it relates to Tibet has not changed. Tibet, per US policy, is considered part of the People’s Republic of China. And the United States has not articulated our support for Tibetan independence,” Earnest said.
Obama met the 80-year-old spiritual leader in the historicMap Room of the. The meeting was closed for the press.
The Tibetan spiritual leader did not speak to the battery of reporters waiting inside.
“Just to give you a sense of the meeting, the President thanked the Dalai Lama for his expression of condolences about the terrorist attack in Orlando over the weekend,” Earnest said.