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Free Suu Kyi, says Obama

world Updated: Nov 16, 2009 01:32 IST

US President Barack Obama used a landmark encounter with the PM of military-run Myanmar on Sunday to demand freedom for detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

“I reaffirmed the policy that I put forward on Saturday in Tokyo with regard to Burma (Myanmar),” Obama told reporters, recapping his call Saturday for the junta to release Suu Kyi after two decades of house arrest. “He brought that up directly with that government,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters as Obama met Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein and nine other regional leaders in Singapore.