THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Meeting with the Dalai Lama
His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, was welcomed at the White House this afternoon where he met with the President, the Vice President, and the First Lady to discuss Tibet. President Clinton expressed his strong support for efforts to foster a dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama and his representatives to resolve differences. The President welcomed the Dalai Lama's commitment to nonviolence and his efforts to initiate a dialogue with the Chinese Government. The President reiterated the strong commitment of the United States to support preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage and to protection of the human rights of Tibetans. The President and the Dalai Lama agreed on the importance of strong U.S.-China relations.