Burma Opposition Leader Visits U.S.

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) meets with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Clinton's office at the State Department September 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. Having spend most of the last two decades as a political prisoner under house arrest in her home nation of Myannmar, formerly known as Burma, Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament in 2012 and her political party, the National League for Democracy, won a majority of seats.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    A testament to the political progress made between the two countries over the past year, Burma’s opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, began her first official visit to the U.S. Tuesday. The trip comes almost nine months after Hillary Clinton became the first secretary of state to visit Burma since 1955. The two have remained in contact since, slowly negotiating the ease of sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Burma because of its repressive policies. In addition to meeting with Clinton in Washington, Aung San Suu Kyi will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for her work in the country, and visit both Kentucky and New York.

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