Hillary Clinton arrives in Myanmar for a state visit

December 1st, 2011 - 12:27 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Naypyidaw, Nov 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has made a historic visit to the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. Clinton said she was in the country to make first hand assessment of events in the country after returning to civilian rule.

The trip on Wednesday is the first by any US Secretary of State in the past 50 years. She is expected to urge Myanmar to break any link with North Korea.

After touching down at the country’s airstrip in the capital Naypyidaw, Clinton told pressmen that, “I am obviously looking to determine for myself and on behalf of our government what is the intention of the current government with respect to continuing reforms both political and economic… We and many other nations are quite hopeful that these flickers of progress … will be ignited into a movement for change that will benefit the people of the country.”

Clinton said she will meet the former junta leaders of the country. She was met at the airport by the deputy foreign minister.

Top US officials have expressed fears that the Myanmar may not improve on its human rights record although the country is now under civilian rule. The visit by Clinton is not expected to change things that much.

Clinton is expected to meet opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi during her stay in the country.

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