Aung San Suu Kyi

December 4, 2011 by staff 

Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton met Aung San Suu Kyi at the latter’s Rangoon home, They could not have had more different lives or be more different in personality and outlook. But when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi came face to face for the first time on Thursday evening in Rangoon after years of reading about each other’s struggles, fears and dreams, there appeared to be a moment of instant recognition.

By coincidence, they wore matching outfits for the occasion – white Asian-style jackets, their hair tied at the back, Mrs Suu Kyi with flowers pinned in her low pony tail.

Mrs Clinton, one of the world’s most famous and powerful women with a commanding, charismatic personality had, perhaps for the first time, met her match in the equally world-famous pro-democracy activist with a quiet demeanour and vulnerability hiding a steely determination.

Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate revered in her country and inspiring to millions around the world, political royalty treated with deference by her entourage, found herself in the presence of a woman her equal.

The secretary of state, who often greets people with a booming “Hello”, adopted a more subdued tone as she welcomed Ms Suu Kyi for dinner at the US diplomatic mission in Rangoon. Ms Suu Kyi appeared slightly nervous shaking hands with her host in the doorway of the US diplomatic mission where she had come for a private dinner.

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