(CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday.
Obama has met with the Dalai Lama twice before, in February 2010 and July 2011, according to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.
The White House said the administration supports his "Middle Way" approach to the political tension between China and Tibet over protests for Tibetan independence.
"The United States recognizes Tibet to be a part of the People’s Republic of China and we do not support Tibetan independence. The United States strongly supports human rights and religious freedom in China," Hayden said.
"We are concerned about continuing tensions and the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China. We will continue to urge the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives, without preconditions, as a means to reduce tensions."