The meeting comes days after the US lifted a host of financial and trade embargoes in recognition of dramatic political changes that saw landmark elections sweep Aung San Suu Kyi and her party into office after decades of junta rule.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday (May 22) for her new civilian government's first high level talks as Washington recalibrates its relationship with the former pariah state.
The meeting comes days after the US lifted a host of financial and trade embargoes in recognition of dramatic political changes that saw landmark elections sweep Suu Kyi and her party into office after decades of military rule.
Suu Kyi, the foreign minister, also holds the newly-created position of state counsellor to enable her to steer the government despite a military-scripted constitution that bars her from the presidency - a role now held by her longtime ally Htin Kyaw.
Myanmar president's office spokesman Zaw Htay said Kerry would only meet Suu Kyi, without giving details of the topics under discussion. "He will meet the state counsellor, not the president," he told AFP, explaining that Htin Kyaw is yet to return from a summit in Russia.
According to the US State Department, Kerry's brief trip to Myanmar is to show "support for the new democratically-elected, civilian-led government" as well as to "further democratic and economic reforms".