Myanmar president to visit Washington

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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein during their meeting in Yangon in November 2012

In yet another step in Myanmar’s rapprochement with the West, President Thein Sein will visit the White House on invitation from US President Barack Obama.

Myanmar President Sein will reportedly be welcomed to the White House on May 20th, although no official date has been announced.

The trip marks an historic moment for the former pariah nation, which hasn’t set a head of state to since former Prime Minister U Ne Win saw former President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, some 47 years ago.

While is it uncertain where the two leader will meet, the US-ASEAN Business Council has said it will hold a formal welcome dinner for President Sein on May 21.

Last November, President Obama embarked on the first visit by a US president to Myanmar to recognize the breakneck political and economic reforms that civilian government has undertaken.

However, the US still wags the stick of sanctions at Myanmar to press for continued reforms in a country where the military still possesses tremendous influence.

Thein Sein was elected president of Myanmar in 2011 after decades of brutal authoritarian rule.

Since his government told hold of the country, sanction after sanction has been stripped away, prompting major multinationals and US companies to enter what is seen as the last true frontier market.

 

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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein during their meeting in Yangon in November 2012

In yet another step in Myanmar’s rapprochement with the West, President Thein Sein will visit the White House on invitation from US President Barack Obama.

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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein during their meeting in Yangon in November 2012

In yet another step in Myanmar’s rapprochement with the West, President Thein Sein will visit the White House on invitation from US President Barack Obama.

Myanmar President Sein will reportedly be welcomed to the White House on May 20th, although no official date has been announced.

The trip marks an historic moment for the former pariah nation, which hasn’t set a head of state to since former Prime Minister U Ne Win saw former President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, some 47 years ago.

While is it uncertain where the two leader will meet, the US-ASEAN Business Council has said it will hold a formal welcome dinner for President Sein on May 21.

Last November, President Obama embarked on the first visit by a US president to Myanmar to recognize the breakneck political and economic reforms that civilian government has undertaken.

However, the US still wags the stick of sanctions at Myanmar to press for continued reforms in a country where the military still possesses tremendous influence.

Thein Sein was elected president of Myanmar in 2011 after decades of brutal authoritarian rule.

Since his government told hold of the country, sanction after sanction has been stripped away, prompting major multinationals and US companies to enter what is seen as the last true frontier market.

 

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