Dharamshala: The Central Tibetan Administration said here on Wednesday the environmental degradation on the Tibetan plateau was one among the issues which figured in the talks between US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama in June this year. In a statement here to mark the 82nd birthday of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Cabinet in-exile said, “Obama in his meeting with His Holiness at the White House on June 15 discussed the critical political situation of Tibetans inside Tibet and the implications of environmental degradation on the plateau.”
The statement said Obama encouraged a meaningful and direct dialogue between the Dalai Lama and his representatives with Chinese authorities to lower tensions and resolve differences. “Obama also welcomed His Holiness’ leadership on climate change issue and expressed support for his efforts in raising awareness of the importance of limiting global warming, including to protect the Himalayan glaciers and the environment on the Tibetan plateau.”
Emphasising his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic traditions, the Tibetan Cabinet said the US President lauded the Dalai Lama’s commitment to peace and non-violence. “We remain firmly committed to the ‘middle-way’ policy and will take concrete measures to ensure that dialogue with China takes place in the near future,” said the cabinet. Over the last few decades, the Dalai Lama has visited 67 countries, spanning six continents and authored over 100 books, advocating global peace and harmony. Meanwhile, morning prayers for the well being and long life of the Dalai Lama were held here on his birthday on Wednesday.
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