Monday, November 09, 2009

President to Meet with Prime Minister of Myanmar

President Obama will meet with the prime minister of Myanmar (Burma) next Sunday along with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He will be the first U.S. president to meet with a head of state of this Southeast Asian country since President Lyndon B. Johnson. As this New York Times article reports, President Obama wishes to reverse the Bush administration's policy toward Myanmar by engaging in direct talks with the government of Myanmar.

President Obama's meeting will take place after a November 4 visit to this Asian nation by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Campbell, who met with ethnic representatives and political prisoner (and Nobel Peace Prize winner) Aung San Suu Kyi. You can read more about this visit, and the U.S. policy toward Myanmar/Burma, on this Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs web page of the U.S. Department of State.

For additional governmental resources about Myanmar/Burma, take a look at our guide to the country. It contains links to country profiles and diplomacy-related information as well as other types of sources.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a great opportunity for both leaders, to be able to help improve both countries and to be able to eliminate the gap between countries.

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