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Kerry to meet Myanmar's Suu Kyi after US sanctions eased

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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".
 


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Kerry Urges More Reforms During Visit to Myanmar

 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hailed Myanmar's transition to democracy, but urged its new civilian led government to continue its work on implementing key reforms meant to improve developments and human rights.

 
"We strongly support the democratic transition that is taking place here," Kerry told reporters in a joint news conference with Aung San Suu Kyi, during his one-day visit to the capital Naypidaw. "The key to the lifting of the [remaining] sanctions is really the progress that is made within Myanmar in continuing to move down the road of democratization."
 
Kerry's visit came days after Washington lifted various financial and trade sanctions imposed on the country when it was under military rule.  Bans on scores of other individuals and groups remain in place.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi, who serves as Myanmar's foreign minister and de facto leader since her political party won historic elections in March, says she welcomes the scrutiny that is inherent in the remaining sanctions.
 
"I'm not afraid of sanctions, we'll get over this and I'm sure that the time will come soon when the United States will know that this is no longer the time for sanctions," she told reporters.‚Äč
 






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