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Clinton Welcomes Myanmar’s Suu Kyi at Start of U.S. Visit

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Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to the State Department at the start of a U.S. visit.

In a brief appearance before reporters, the two women talked about refugee resettlement. Suu Kyi, who last visited the U.S. in the late 1980s, said she learned about developments in America by “listening to the news in Burma,” the country’s original name that is still used by opposition members and the U.S. administration.

“It’s a place that is eagerly awaiting your welcome because there’s so much excitement and enthusiasm about the fact that you could actually come,” Clinton said. The two first met when Clinton traveled to Myanmar in late November.

Suu Kyi, a former dissident and political prisoner, is in Washington to receive a congressional medal of honor, and meet with officials and activists. Lawmakers awarded her the medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor, in absentia in 2008 while she was under house arrest.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nicole Gaouette in Washington at ngaouette@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Walcott at jwalcott9@bloomberg.net