Dalai Lama was received at the Kangra Airport by speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile and Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, hundreds of general public attired in traditional Tibetan dress lined on both sides of road decorated with colourful buntings and gates to welcome His Holiness. The Tibetans were holding in their hands traditional scarves, bouquets and incense sticks.
The highlight of Dalai Lama' US visit was his first meeting with President Barack Obama. The meeting underscored the US government's strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China.
President Obama commended His Holiness the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" approach, his commitment to nonviolence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinese government. The President stressed that he has "consistently encouraged both sides to engage in direct dialogue to resolve differences.
His Holiness was also honoured with the prestigious Democracy Service Award for his commitment to advancing the principles of democracy and human dignity. Information for this report was provided by TibetNet.