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Michelle Obama and Meryl Streep Hug at White House Screening of We Will Rise Documentary

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Meryl Streep had much to celebrate on Tuesday when they hugged on stage at the White House.

The two were present at the debut screening of Obama’s new CNN documentary We Will Rise, which coincided with the International Day of the Girl.

The two traveled together over the summer to Liberia and Morocco, alongwith Malia and Sasha Obama.

The screening of the documentary coincided with the International Day of the Girl.

The 67-year-old actress embraced Obama, 52, on stage during the event. The First Lady looked stunning in a black dress decorated with white flowers, while Streep looked colorful in a pink blouse with black trousers.

AP Photo/Molly Riley
AP Photo/Molly Riley

Obama shared her love of the Oscar-winning actress, saying “The great Meryl Streep has just devoted her not-a-lot-of time to this project. And she is delightful — she is delightful and is intelligent and is focused and engaged — as you would imagine Meryl Streep to be.”

AP Photo/Molly Riley
AP Photo/Molly Riley

She also expressed her admiration for the young girls and women she met during her trip abroad for the documentary, telling the audience it was her very last trip with her daughters while President Barack Obama is still in office.

I carry their stories with me every single day.  And it was a privilege to bring my mother and my daughters with me to Liberia and Morocco and — for them to get to meet you,” she said. “And that was our very last trip together during our time in the White House, so it was special for so many different reasons.

In a sneak peek from CNN’s upcoming documentary about Obama’s initiative, Streep reflects on why she was inspired to join the program and travel with the First Lady over the summer.

“What brings me here is this issue of equality for women and girls,” she explains during her trip to Morocco.

The documentary is directed by Tony Gerber, and will premiere in the U.S. on CNN on Wednesday at 9 p.m.