US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged China to engage in dialogue with Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on his 75th birthday Tuesday.
"His Holiness has expressed a willingness to visit China and engage directly with high level officials. It is my sincere hope that Beijing will send a confident message by inviting His Holiness to China for substantive discussions," she said in a statement.
"A negotiated agreement would ensure internal stability in Tibet and bolster China’s reputation in the world," said Pelosi.
Pelosi, a strong supporter for human rights in Tibet, described the Dalai Lama as “a man of peace and wisdom” and offered appreciation for his work for world peace and human rights.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. China views him as a dangerous separatist. The Dalai Lama says he is not seeking independence but meaningful autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule.
China have accused him of inciting separatist movements in Tibet with a hidden pro-independence agenda.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP