Aung San Suu Kyi had a private conversation with the Dalai Lama on Tuesday in London, in which he told her, “I have real admiration for your courage. I am very happy we’ve been able to meet.”
It was the first time the two Nobel Peace Prize laureates had met.
In a conversation that lasted about 30 minutes, His Holiness told her that just as her late father had shown great dedication, he was confident that she too would be of great service to humanity, and he wished her every success in fulfilling her life’s goals, according to a statement on his office website.
The Dalai Lama also said he looked forward to meeting her again.
Other details of the meeting have not yet been made public.
The Dalai Lama has often in the past campaigned for Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest along with other fellow Nobel laureates.
Soon after Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest in late 2010, the Tibetan spiritual leader, in a statement, welcomed her release.
“I welcome the release of fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and extend my appreciation to the military regime in Burma. I extend my full support and solidarity to the movement for democracy in Burma and take this opportunity to appeal to freedom-loving people all over the world to support such non-violent movements,” the Dalai Lama said.
The Dalai Lama is currently on a 15-day tour of England, Scotland and Italy.
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