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Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi to head to US in September to receive award from think-tank

Karel Schwarzenberg, center, the Czech Republic's Foreign Minister, poses for photos along with members of his staff as he visits Myanmar's landmark Shwedagon Pagoda on Monday, July 16, 2012, in Yangon, Myanmar. Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg of Czech Republic arrives Myanmar Monday and is expected to meet President Thein Sein, government officials and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (AP Photo)
July 17, 2012 - 10:13 AM

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she'll travel to the United States in September to accept an award from an American think-tank .

Atlantic Council issued a statement Monday saying it will present Suu Kyi with its Global citizenship award on Sept. 21. The Washington-based think-tank says the award is meant to recognize "visionary global leaders."

Suu Kyi told The Associated Press in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw, that she would travel to the U.S. to receive the award. She gave no other details of her trip.

The leader of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement has spent most of the last 20 years under house arrest in Myanmar. She was freed in late 2010 and elected to parliament in a recent byelection.

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