WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama underscored the importance of protecting human rights for Tibetans in China during a meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday, the White House said.
Obama also reiterated the US policy that Tibet is a part of China, the White House said in a statement.
"The president stressed that he encourages direct dialogue to resolve long-standing differences and that a dialogue that produces results would be positive for China and Tibetans," the White House said.
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