U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Tuesday following his phone conversation with Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi:
"Earlier this morning I had the honor and pleasure of speaking with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She is in good spirits and remains a vigorous champion for the people of Burma. Nonetheless, I am deeply concerned about the junta's recent threats to her wellbeing and those of her National League for Democracy colleagues. Such efforts at intimidation are an outrage and should be universally condemned by those around the world who value freedom and democracy. Along with my colleagues in the Senate, I will continue to closely monitor Suu Kyi's safety and the situation in Burma."
During their conversation, Senator McConnell and Suu Kyi discussed her personal safety, U.S. policy toward Burma and prospects for the future of that nation. Due to previous restrictions on her freedom this was the first time the two had spoken directly.