It has been a year of diplomatic triumph for the Dalai Lama, who will by the end of October have met the heads of five major western countries. US President George W. Bush is scheduled to meet the exiled Tibetan leader in Washington, the day before he is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States, to recognize his advocacy of religious harmony and human rights, as well as his campaign for a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue.

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