Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s US trip has been mentioned for the first time in The New Light of Myanmar, a rare sign that Burma’s state-run press is slowly opening up to broader coverage of Burmese politics.
However, the article was on page 16, the last page of the newspaper.
The article included a three-column picture showing Suu Kyi surrounded by top leaders of the US government and former first lady Laura Bush.
Suu Kyi was given the US Congress' highest civilian honour at a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday, which was also attended by the the President's Office Minister Aung Min and Burma’s Ambassador to the US Than Swe.
The article quoted Suu Kyi as saying reform measures by President Thein Sein were transforming Burma and that Burma's Parliament is rapidly maturing.
It said she “expressed her belief over the future process of reform and national reconciliation as well as the successful overcoming of difficulties along the future path with the help of friends of the world.”
After receiving the award, it reported that she met in private talks with US President Barack Obama for half an hour.
It mentioned her meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and said she spoke at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, where she “voiced her support of further easing of US economic sanctions on Myanmar and said that Myanmar should not depend on US sanctions to keep up the momentum of its movement for democracy, but all people have got to work at it themselves.”