U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Burma's prime minister to release Aung San Suu Kyi, the military-ruled country's detained democracy leader.
Mr. Obama made the appeal Sunday in Singapore in a meeting with Burmese General Thein Sein and other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as ASEAN.
Mr. Obama and the general did not shake hands or speak directly with each other. However, the meeting was the first face-to-face encounter between a U.S. president and a Burmese leader since 1966. It was also the first time a U.S. president has joined an ASEAN summit.
The ASEAN joint statement does not mention Aung San Suu Kyi. But Mr. Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs said the president called personally for the freedom of all political prisoners in Burma and an end to the oppression of minorities.