Obama to visit Myanmar in November

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Newly re-elected US President Barack Obama will make a groundbreaking visit later this month to Myanmar, an official said on November 8, following through with his policy of rapprochement to encourage democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

The official speaking from the capital Naypyitaw said that security for a visit on November 18 or 19 has been prepared but the schedule is not final.

He said Obama would meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well as government officials such as reformist President Thein Sein. It would be the first-ever visit to Myanmar by an American President. US officials have not yet announced any plans for a visit, which would come less than two weeks after Obama’s election to a second term.

Obama is also scheduled to join the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 18, the country’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ouch Borith, said.

The announcement came on the day of the president’s defeat of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, and reflects the Obama administration’s adherence to its “pivot east” strategy.

Reuters has reported that Obama may also visit Thailand, quoting local media.

Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said that Obama will be joining Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders from China and Japan at the summit.

The annual meeting of the 10-member ASEAN nations is held to join together leaders from Southeast Asian countries and other international partners.

 

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Newly re-elected US President Barack Obama will make a groundbreaking visit later this month to Myanmar, an official said on November 8, following through with his policy of rapprochement to encourage democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

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Newly re-elected US President Barack Obama will make a groundbreaking visit later this month to Myanmar, an official said on November 8, following through with his policy of rapprochement to encourage democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

The official speaking from the capital Naypyitaw said that security for a visit on November 18 or 19 has been prepared but the schedule is not final.

He said Obama would meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well as government officials such as reformist President Thein Sein. It would be the first-ever visit to Myanmar by an American President. US officials have not yet announced any plans for a visit, which would come less than two weeks after Obama’s election to a second term.

Obama is also scheduled to join the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 18, the country’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ouch Borith, said.

The announcement came on the day of the president’s defeat of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, and reflects the Obama administration’s adherence to its “pivot east” strategy.

Reuters has reported that Obama may also visit Thailand, quoting local media.

Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said that Obama will be joining Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders from China and Japan at the summit.

The annual meeting of the 10-member ASEAN nations is held to join together leaders from Southeast Asian countries and other international partners.

 

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