Sept. 20 - Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets President Barack Obama on a trip to the United States. Sarah Charlton reports.
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the White House for a meeting with the U.S. president. Suu Kyi met Barack Obama for private talks in the Oval Office - a setting usually reserved for visiting heads of state. The meeting was kept low-key so as to not upset the Myanmar government. It was the first time the Nobel Peace Prize winners had met. Earlier, Suu Kyi was awarded the highest civilian honour for her long fight for democracy. She was presented the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony inside the U.S. Capitol building. SOUNDBITE: MYANMAR OPPOSITION LEADER, AUNG SAN SUU KYI, SAYING (English): "From the depths of my heart, I thank you the people of America, and you, their representatives for keeping us in your hearts and minds during the dark years when freedom and justice seemed beyond our reach." Suu Kyi's visit came as the U.S. removed sanctions blocking any U.S. assets of Myanmar's president and lower house parliament speaker.