Obama hails Dalai Lama as 'good friend'

February 6, 2015 3:30 AM

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President Barack Obama has hailed the Dalai Lama as a 'good friend' during a symbolic first public encounter between the two men that is sure to enrage Beijing.

Speaking at a high-profile Washington prayer breakfast on Thursday, Obama heaped praise on his fellow Nobel peace laureate, who is reviled by China as a separatist.

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