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British PM presses Myanmar President on human rights

Published on Jul 15, 2013 9:34 PM
 
President of Myanmar Thein Sein (centre left) meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron in No. 10 Downing Street, London on Monday, July 15, 2013. Mr Cameron on Monday urged Mr Thein Sein to defend human rights as the former junta general made his first official visit to London. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday urged Myanmar President Thein Sein to defend human rights as the former junta general made his first official visit to London.

MR Cameron said he was particularly concerned by violence targeting members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority, in which hundreds of people have been killed.

MR Thein Sein is visiting London and Paris this week as Myanmar continues its return from international isolation in the wake of reforms brought in by the president since 2011.

Welcoming the Myanmar leader on the red carpet outside his 10 Downing Street office, MR Cameron said he was "very pleased" to see MR Thein Sein on his "historic visit".

 
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