Aung San Suu Kyi meets Barack Obama

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Aung San Suu Kyi has made a trip that for years she could only dream of.

The opposition leader of Myanmar – formerly Burma – has held private talks with US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House.

The meeting came after she earlier took possession of the highest Congressional Award – a gold medal she was awarded in absentia in 2008 while under house arrest in Burma.

The ceremony in Washington came as the US announced that it was relaxing some sanctions.

“This is one of the most moving days of my life.” she told supporters, “I stand here now strong in the knowledge that I am among friends who will be with us as we continue with our task of building a nation that offers peace and prosperity and basic human rights protected by the rule of law to all who dwell within its realms.”

Aung San Suu Kyi was released in 2010 after 17 years under house arrest as part of Myanmar’s plans for a transition to democracy.