November 19th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama lauds Aung San Suu Kyi, gives a nod to Myanmar

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) - Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar on Monday, praising the courage of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi while also providing a symbolic nod to initial reforms in a nation once notorious for political repression.

Later, Obama traveled to Cambodia for a summit of regional leaders and held what an aide called a "tense"meeting with the host country's prime minister that emphasized the need for improving human rights there.


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    The remarks by both leaders were good. It's astonishing to see how the relationship between Sec. Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi. They look like they've known each others for years the way they embraced each other. Although Myanmar still has some human rights issues that need to be resolved, they are pursuing democracy and are heading in the right direction. It rings a sentiment that goes back to the President's inaugural address of making new alliances.

    November 19, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. plain&simple

    To lead in this world.... dignity,respect for human life, integrity, understanding and compassion...go a long way! If our leader continues on this path,terrorism will be facing It's biggest enemy!!!! God bless the USA and my we continue to lead in the manner.

    November 19, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Ted van Tol

    A fantastic speech Mr. President, you realy bring hope to the world. Now travel to Israel and the Palestines. A major task is ahead for you but if enyone can change the politics in the Middle east, you can.
    I am very proud to be a part of this time in history with this outstanding President Obama.

    November 19, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Darryl

    There's one thing the POTUS has always been sted fast on and tht is his leadership and direction for all orld leaders to listen to the people and stop supressing growth in their countrys. He advocates the will and voices of every country and tells the leaders of these countrys they need to stop the bloodshed and respect he people. He's a wonderful President and it will be to their advantage to listen and try to change their ways. He is doing a great job here and across the world stage for equlity and dignity. His Presidency will alway be commended in a historical way no other president has ever done.

    November 19, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    We have real problems right here and the boy is running all over the world giving speeches on what? Leadership. Well it's about time you stopped voting present and start getting real.

    November 19, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |