The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Obama welcomes Myanmar's Suu Kyi to Oval Office


WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama met Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office on Wednesday, in a historic meeting that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Both Nobel laureates, Mr Obama and Ms Suu Kyi, who wore a black blouse, black and white lunghi wrap skirt and a pink scarf, sat side-by-side, smiling, as photographers were ushered into the room before their private meeting.

The meeting took place after Ms Suu Kyi, who endured long years of house arrest in Yangon, was feted by the US Congress, on a visit intended to boost the reform drive launched after years of military rule by Myanmar President Thein Sein.

During her trip to the United States, Ms Suu Kyi endorsed the removal of sanctions on Myanmar, also known as Burma, which were imposed to punish the junta for its formerly oppressive rule in the South-east Asian country.