Barack Obama first president to visit Myanmar

Featured South East Asia - November 9th, 2012
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US President Barack Obama is expected to visit Myanmar later in the month, a senior government official in the country said Wednesday.

Obama is set to attend the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia when he will likely visit Myanmar on the sidelines. Mr. Obama will reportedly hold talks with President Thein Sein and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during his visit. US officials have yet to confirm the visit.

Mr. Obama’s visit would be the first time a sitting president has visited the Southeast Asian country as it emerges from decades of military rule. Mr. Obama’s recent election victory has been seen as something that will consolide the superpower’s role in driving Myanmar towards democracy after the administration eased sanctions to pave the way for investments in the state.