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Myanmar extends 'warm welcome' to Obama before visit

Published on Nov 10, 2012 2:22 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's government has said it "warmly welcomes" the historic visit of US President Barack Obama later this month, expressing hope that his trip will bolster the nation's political reform drive.

Mr Obama, who was re-elected this week, will meet democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein on the first visit to the country by a sitting US president. Myanmar officials say the visit will take place on Nov 19.

His visit "is warmly welcomed" and will "strengthen the resolve" of Mr Thein Sein to "move forward" with reforms, a spokesman for Myanmar's Presidential Office said late on Friday.

Mr Obama's visit shows "concrete support for the democratisation process of President Thein Sein, Daw (honorific) Aung San Suu Kyi, Members of Parliaments and the Myanmar people," Mr Zaw Htay said in a statement.

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