Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met President Barack Obama at the White House and received the highest congressional award on Wednesday.
Reaffirming his commitment to support reforms in Myanmar, Obama believed that the reconciliation and reform will offer the people of Myanmar an opportunity to “take charge of their destiny and to shape a more peaceful, free and prosperous future”, the statement added.
The deliberately low-key meeting lasted for about half an hour in the Oval Office.
Photographers were briefly allowed in the private meeting, but television cameras and print reporters were excluded.
The meeting came after Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest congressional honor, at the Capitol Hill earlier in the day.
On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Suu Kyi, who also spoke at the US Institute of Peace.
The Nobel laureate’s 20-day US tour, her first in 24 years, was at the invitation of Clinton.
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) overwhelmingly won the April 1 by-elections, taking 43 out of 45 open parliamentary seats, of which 37 with the House of Representatives or lower house.