President Barack Obama would meet the Tibet's exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama, the White House said on Tuesday.

The president told China's leaders during his trip last year that he would meet with the Dalai Lama and he intends to do so, White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters traveling on Air Force One to New Hampshire, where Obama was due to speak at a town hall-style meeting.

The 75-year-old Dalai Lama will visit Washington next month, though the spokesman declined to specify when the two would meet.

Dalai Lama, who escaped to India, after failed uprising against Chinese troops in 1959, seeks substantial autonomy for China-controlled Tibet.