President Bush called Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, Tuesday to express concerns about his health.
A White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said 'The president's call reflects the great esteem he and the American people hold for the Dalai Lama, who is a revered religious figure in Tibetan Buddhism, a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, and an important cultural figure and human rights advocate,'
Earlier this month, the Dalai Lama announced he had canceled plans to travel to Germany and Switzerland in October, on the advice of his doctors. His office said he must rest, following a recent hospital stay.
He was discharged from an Indian hospital September first, after four days of treatment for abdominal discomfort. He canceled two other foreign trips while undergoing medical tests during that stay.
Bush called the Dalai Lama from New York where he is attending the U.N. General Assembly's annual meeting.
information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.