President Obama will meet Wednesday with Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi, the White House said.
The human rights advocate and member of the Myanmar National Assembly is visiting the U.S. for the first time in two decades, after a lengthy series of house arrests from 1989 to 2010. Her tour includes a meeting with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and leaders on the Hill, who will award her the Congressional Gold Medal.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was initially awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 during a house arrest imposed by Myanmar’s military junta. The Gold Medal is the highest honor awarded by Congress.
Obama views Suu Kyi as "somebody who has been a remarkable beacon for democratic reform in her country and for her people,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday, announcing the meeting.