The governor of the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, met Wednesday with a special envoy of the Dalai Lama. The veteran negotiator and former U.N. Ambassador, hosted a luncheon in honor of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari.
A gubernatorial spokesman says the event was planned before a North Korean diplomatic delegation requested to meet with Richardson.
Richardson and North Korean diplomats talked in the morning, broke for lunch at separate locations and then met again in the afternoon at the governor's mansion.
Lodi Gyari is the lead person designated by the Dalai Lama to commence negotiations with the Chinese Government.
The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Washington DC between October 8 to 11, during his visit, the Dalai Lama is expected to meet with President Barack Obama.
The governor Bill Richardson, who has been a diplomatic troubleshooter for past U.S. administrations to North Korea and elsewhere, met North Korea's United Nations ambassador and another senior diplomat at his official residence in Santa Fe, and called the meeting a hopeful sign of improved relations.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.