November 14, 2014

Obama, Suu Kyi Reaffirm Friendship Despite Differences on Myanmar

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin

Source: The Los Angeles Times

Journalist Christi Parsons

They greeted one another with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and then Friday’s meeting between President Obama and Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi quickly moved beyond pleasantries.

He suggested she speak out more forcefully on behalf of her country’s persecuted minorities.

She cautioned him against accepting too rosy a picture of the progress the U.S. has helped to bring about here.

But after the hourlong meeting at Suu Kyi’s lakeside home, the two emerged arm in arm for a news conference on her back porch, acknowledging their differences yet vowing they would still cooperate.

“I would like to make it quite clear,” Suu Kyi said, “we may view things differently from time to time, but it will in no way affect our friendship.”

Read the full article at The Los Angeles Times.


  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...