Obama Opens Landmark Visit To Myanmar

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- President Barack Obama is opening his historic trip to Myanmar, becoming the first U.S. leader to visit the once-pariah nation.
Air Force One touched down in Yangon Monday morning. The president will meet with Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein and the country's revered democracy advocate, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Obama will close his visit to Myanmar with a speech at Rangoon University, where he will praise the country's progress toward democracy but urge further reforms.
Obama has led efforts to reestablish ties with Myanmar following its move toward democracy following a half-century of military rule.
Some human rights groups, however, have criticized Obama's visit as a premature reward for a country that still holds political prisoners and is struggling to stem ethnic violence.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2012 at 03:36 AM
    I think the worse is yet too come with this Bozo. Smile President Carter... you're not the worst president any more.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM
    The U.S. economy is in the toilet and the Middle East is on the brink of war. So what is our President doing? He visits Burma. Good to know that our President has his priorities straight.
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