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Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday, says US official

Published on Feb 21, 2014 9:01 AM
 
The Dalai Lama speaks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) during a panel discussion on "Happiness, Free Enterprise, and Human Flourishing" in Washington, DC, on Feb 20, 2014. President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader at the White House on Feb 21, 2014, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China.

"The president will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

Obama last met the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel peace laureate, at the White House in 2011 in talks that triggered an angry response from Beijing, which said the encounter had harmed Sino-US relations.

In a sign of the sensitivity of the meeting, it was listed on the president's daily schedule as closed to the press.

 
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