Obama to meet Dalai Lama at White House Saturday

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Posted: Jul 15, 2011 6:53 PM
Obama to meet Dalai Lama at White House Saturday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will express his support for dialogue to resolve differences over Tibet in a meeting with the Dalai Lama on Saturday, the White House said on Friday.

"This meeting underscores the president's strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans," the White House said in a statement.

"The president will highlight his enduring support for dialogue between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese government to resolve differences," it said.

(Reporting by Laura MacInnis and Jeff Mason; editing by Todd Eastham)