Burma’s Suu Kyi set for historic meeting with Barack Obama, will receive highest congressional honour

National Post | News

WASHINGTON — Burma democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets Wednesday with President Barack Obama and will be presented with Congress’ highest award, signs of Washington’s deep admiration for one of the world’s most famous political dissidents.

A senior administration official said Obama will meet privately with Suu Kyi at the White House. The Nobel laureate is on a 17-day trip to the U.S. She spent 15 years under house arrest for opposing military rule in the country also known as Myanmar.

The official, who requested anonymity in order to discuss the meeting before it was announced publicly, said there would be no news coverage because Suu Kyi is not a head of state. That also likely reflects concerns that her Washington visit could overshadow the country’s reformist president, Thein Sein, who attends the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

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