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Aung San Suu Kyi to visit US Sept. 16: spokesperson

YANGON--Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to the United States Sunday, a spokesman for her party told AFP, in a trip that will see her awarded Washington's highest honor.

It will be her first visit to the U.S. since she was put under house arrest in 1990.

"The lady will travel on Sept. 16," said Nyan Win, spokesman for the Nobel laureate's National League for Democracy (NLD) party, without adding further details.

As part of her visit Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament this year in a dramatic sign of Myanmar's reforms, will travel to Washington to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

The medal is the top honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress, which voted to award it to Suu Kyi in May 2008 when the prospect of her leaving Myanmar looked remote.

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