.- Archbishop Marcel Gervais of Ottawa hosted talks between the Canadian Prime Minister and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, last week in his home.
The archbishop said the conversation between the two April 23 was âvery friendly and very warmâ and that discussion included Tibetâs relationship with China, reported Canadian Catholic News.
Archbishop Gervais said the Tibetan spiritual leader âwas consistent with his message of nonviolence, and very respectful of China,â reported CCN.
Gervais told CCN that the way in which Prime Minister Paul Martin âsort of bent over backward to meet the Dalai Lama is very significant in terms of a spiritual meeting.â
During his four-day visit to Ottawa, the 68-year-old Buddhist monk encouraged Canada to take an active role in ensuring a continuing dialogue between Tibet and China. But Gervais said the spiritual leader didnât raise the issue at the one-hour meeting with the prime minister.
After the meeting, Martin said there had been a brief discussion about human rights in Tibet and that he also raised the issue of the recent anti-Semitic attack at a Jewish school in Montreal.
âWe have always been a nation of great mutual respect and understanding and I think for the Dalai Lama to come here and remind us of that basic human value is very, very important,â Martin said, according to the Canadian Press.