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November 18, 2012 -- Updated 0357 GMT (1157 HKT)
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after making a speech at her residence in Yangon on Monday, November 19. Obama met the democracy icon during a historic visit to Yangon aimed at encouraging political reforms in the former pariah state. U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after making a speech at her residence in Yangon on Monday, November 19. Obama met the democracy icon during a historic visit to Yangon aimed at encouraging political reforms in the former pariah state.
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(CNN) -- President Obama is on his way to making history this weekend with a trip to Asia that includes a stop in Myanmar -- a first for any American president.

In Myanmar, also known as Burma, Obama will "speak to civil society to encourage Burma's ongoing democratic transition," according to the White House. He will meet with President Thein Sein and activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

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