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Obama-Dalai Lama meet 'powerful message': Tibet PM in exile

Published on Feb 22, 2014 1:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama sent a "powerful message" with the two leaders discussing human rights, Tibet's prime minister-in-exile said on Friday after the White House talks.

"It sends a very powerful message to Tibetans inside Tibet because it gives them a sense of hope that their voices are heard, even by the most powerful person in the world," prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay said.

"The respect shown to His Holiness by President Obama means a lot to Tibetans all over the world, particularly inside Tibet," he said.

Dr Sangay, who was elected to the new position in 2011 after the Dalai Lama said he was retiring from his political role, said that Mr Obama asked the spiritual leader about the human rights plight of Tibetans living under Chinese rule.

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