Obama on strategic visit to Myanmar

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Obama is also meeting Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi

US president made history on November 19 when he arrived in Myanmar, the second station of his current Southeast Asia round-trip.

Obama is the first serving US president to set foot in the country that only recently ended decades of international isolation and opened itself to the international business community.

He is meeting with the nation’s president Thein Sein and democracy advocates, and will close with a speech at the University of Yangon, where he is supposed to praise the country’s progress toward democracy but urge further reforms.

The US president will also meet with Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in the home where she spent years under house arrest.

In a nod to a recent wave of deadly sectarian violence in western Rakhine state, Obama will urge Myanmar to “draw on diversity as a strength, not a weakness”.

Obama’s visit is to last just six hours, but it carries significant symbolism, reflecting a remarkable turnaround in the countries’ relationship.

A senior US official said Obama also would announce the resumption of US aid programmes for Myanmar during his visit, anticipating assistance of $170 million in 2012 and 2013, but this, too, would be dependent on further reforms.

Late on November 18, state television in Myanmar said 66 more prisoners would be released on Monday, bringing to 518 the number released over the past week ahead of Obama’s visit.

The US president will continue his trip later on November 19 and fly to Phnom Penh to attend the 21st ASEAN Summit and meet with Asian leaders, among them China’s Premier Wen Jiabao.

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Obama is also meeting Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi

US president made history on November 19 when he arrived in Myanmar, the second station of his current Southeast Asia round-trip.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Obama is also meeting Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi

US president made history on November 19 when he arrived in Myanmar, the second station of his current Southeast Asia round-trip.

Obama is the first serving US president to set foot in the country that only recently ended decades of international isolation and opened itself to the international business community.

He is meeting with the nation’s president Thein Sein and democracy advocates, and will close with a speech at the University of Yangon, where he is supposed to praise the country’s progress toward democracy but urge further reforms.

The US president will also meet with Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in the home where she spent years under house arrest.

In a nod to a recent wave of deadly sectarian violence in western Rakhine state, Obama will urge Myanmar to “draw on diversity as a strength, not a weakness”.

Obama’s visit is to last just six hours, but it carries significant symbolism, reflecting a remarkable turnaround in the countries’ relationship.

A senior US official said Obama also would announce the resumption of US aid programmes for Myanmar during his visit, anticipating assistance of $170 million in 2012 and 2013, but this, too, would be dependent on further reforms.

Late on November 18, state television in Myanmar said 66 more prisoners would be released on Monday, bringing to 518 the number released over the past week ahead of Obama’s visit.

The US president will continue his trip later on November 19 and fly to Phnom Penh to attend the 21st ASEAN Summit and meet with Asian leaders, among them China’s Premier Wen Jiabao.

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