Sep 18, 2012 7:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg
WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of decrying oppression against Myanmar's democracy leader, the United States gets to celebrate her freedom as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi to the State Department at the start of her landmark tour of America.
Suu Kyi and Clinton will discuss Tuesday the political changes in the country also known as Burma and whether Washington should ease its remaining economic sanctions in response to the reforms.
Hours before Suu Kyi touched down in Washington Monday, Myanmar announced a new round of prisoner releases.
The ceremonial highlight of Suu Kyi's 17-day U.S. visit will come Wednesday, when she is presented Congress' highest award, which she was granted in 2008 when under house arrest. She is also likely to be welcomed to the White House.
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