Full text: Obama letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi talks during press conference at National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarter in Yangon in November.

Story highlights

  • Hillary Clinton delivers a letter from President Obama to Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Obama says he admires the democracy leader's "brave and unwavering struggle"
  • He thanks her for the inspiration she provides and promises to stand by her

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally delivered a letter from President Barack Obama to Myanmar's leading democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi Thursday. Here is the letter in full as released by the State Department:

Aung San Suu Kyi

Rangoon, Burma

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi:

It was a pleasure and an honor to speak with you recently. As I said during our conversation, I have long admired your brave and unwavering struggle for democracy, and I consider our conversation a highlight of my recent visit to Asia.

I am pleased that the Burmese government has taken several encouraging steps in the direction of democracy and reform. Secretary of State Clinton's visit will explore how the United States can support efforts to foster political opening and respect for universal human rights, as well as demonstrate the seriousness of our commitment to helping the people of Burma achieve their democratic aspirations.

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I thank you for your welcome of the Secretary's visit, and look forward to speaking to you again. Thank you for the inspiration you provide all of us around the world who share the values of democracy, human rights, and justice. We stand by you now and always.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama