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November 19, 2012

President Barack Obama meets Aung San Suu Kyi on historic Burma visit (14pics)


 President Barack Obama's historic visit to Burma is meant to show America's support for the country's transition to democracy. The White House has cautioned that Obama's trip to the former pariah state should not be viewed as a victory celebration but as an opportunity to press for urgent action still needed in Burma. Notably, freeing political prisoners and ending ethnic tension in remote areas. Above, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with President Obama.
 Myanmar was under military rule for a half-century until last year when a nominally civilian government took office and stunned the world with a rapid rush toward reforms.
 President Barack Obama is accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
 Obama's short visit will be confined to Rangoon, the main city where the military brutally crushed pro-democracy uprisings in the past, including a 2007 rally led by Buddhist monks and protests in 1988 led by student activists.
 US President Barack Obama receives a bunch of flowers on arrival in Burma
 US security agents on watch for threats from the front lawn of the home of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, just prior to the arrival of US President Barack Obama in Rangoon
 Students wave flags as they wait to welcome the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at Rangoon International Airport in Burma
 Burmese citizens line the streets as U.S. President Barack Obama's motorcade drives through Rangoon
 President Barack Obama (L) is greeted by Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) at her residence in Rangoon
 Local residents gather outside Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's and wait for the arrival of US President Barack Obama
 President Barack Obama (R) hugs Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of their remarks to the media at her residence in Rangoon
 President Barack Obama speaks as Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi listens following their meeting at her residence in Rangoon
 U.S. President Barack Obama tours the Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Rangoon
President Barack Obama and Burma's President Thein Sein hold a meeting at the regional parliament building in Rangoon

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