Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "I am pleased to extend warm wishes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his 80th birthday on July 6.

"People of diverse faith and non-faith traditions around the world are inspired by his messages of peace, compassion, and non-violence.

"I have always appreciated His Holiness’ humor, wisdom, and humility, as well as his dedication to his people and to humanity.

"I wish His Holiness the very best on this auspicious occasion."