Aung San Suu Kyi Begins US Tour by Meeting Secretary Clinton

Category: World / Sep 18, 2012 11:40AM EDT

 Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday (September 18).

It is Suu Kyi's first visit to the United States in two decades. She is expected to meet President  Barack Obama and will receive a host of awards including the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the country, bestowed by the U.S. Congress.

The Nobel laureate was elected to parliament this year after a spate of reforms.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein and his nominally civilian government took office last March. Since then, Myanmar has seen a slew of reforms overhauling the country's economy, easing media censorship, legalizing trade unions and protests, and freeing political prisoners.

The West has responded by easing or suspending sanctions.

Suu Kyi's trip is expected to last three weeks.