Former Czech president Vaclav Havel Monday expressed regret over the fact that U.S. President Barack Obama did not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to the United States.
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel delivers his speech during an opening session of The Forum 2000 Conference "Democracy and Freedom in a Multipolar World" in Prague.
Havel said the postponement is a "tiny little compromise" that sidelines human rights issues for economic reasons.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is in Washington to receive an award, but won't meet with the president.
A meeting will take place after Obama visits Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing in November. Obama needs Chinese support for crucial foreign policy, economic and environmental goals.
China accuses Tibet's exiled spiritual leader of seeking independence from Beijing and objects when he meets foreign leaders. The Dalai Lama says he seeks only more autonomy to preserve the Himalayan region's Buddhist culture.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and CTK.