Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Saturday thanked U.S. President Barack Obama for addressing the issue of his homeland with Chinese leaders during his recent visit to China.
The Dalai Lama praised President Obama for taking the issue of Tibet "very seriously," and for speaking out both in public and behind the scenes.
Mr. Obama discussed Tibet with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, in Beijing on Tuesday. He called for early resumptions of talks between Chinese officials and the representatives of the Dalai Lama over the future of China's Himalayan province.
The Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959 when he left Tibet following a failed upraising against Chinese rule. The Chinese government accuses him of campaigning for Tibet's independence, but the exiled Buddhist monk says his goal is simply meaningful autonomy for Tibetans within China.
China condemned the Dalai Lama's participation in an international meeting about Tibet in Rome during the past week. Parliamentarians from around the world discussed how best to persuade Beijing that talks on Tibet do not threaten China, and that dialogue with the Dalai Lama is in China's best interest