Myanmar's Suu Kyi begins landmark US visit

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Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader of Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader of Myanmar (AP photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Washington, where she will be presented Congress’ highest award. It’s the latest milestone in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman.

The Nobel Peace laureate will embark on a 17-day U.S. tour that will include meetings at the State Department and likely the White House. She then goes to New York, the American Midwest and California. The trip comes as the Obama administration considers easing remaining sanctions on the country, also known as Burma.

Since her release in late 2010, Suu Kyi has transitioned from dissident to parliamentarian as Myanmar has shifted from five decades of repressive military rule.

She meets Tuesday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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