Myanmar's President Thein Sein in Oslo to seek deeper ties with West
OSLO (AFP) - Myanmar President Thein Sein arrived in Oslo on Tuesday, kicking off his first trip to Europe aimed at forging stronger ties between the former pariah state and the West.
The reformist leader landed at Oslo's international airport, Norwegian officials said, for a three-day stay in the Scandinavian country, to be followed by visits to Finland, Austria, Belgium and Italy before he returns to Myanmar on March 8.
The former junta general has impressed the international community with a string of reforms since coming to power in early 2011, including welcoming long-detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament and freeing hundreds of political prisoners.
Mr Thein Sein's trip to Norway follows Ms Suu Kyi's own landmark visit to Oslo last year, where she made her long-awaited Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in person for the honour awarded her in 1991, as she spent the better part of two decades under house arrest.