The U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, currently on an Asian tour of Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. Visited Myanmar, the first by a sitting US president, to meet with President Thein Sein and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Obama met Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, at her lakeside house in the former capital Yangon, where she was held under house arrest for several years by army generals. The opposition leader, who led the struggle against military rule and is now a lawmaker, shook hands with Obama and warmly greeted Clinton with an embrace.

Some human rights groups say the visit is premature because reforms have yet to be consolidated, but the White House has said Obama would press Myanmar's reformist president, Thein Sein, both in public and in private to do more about ethnic violence and human rights abuses. Although reports suggest several dozen political prisoners are to be freed in line with this visit

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