British foreign secretary meets Myanmarese president (Lead)

January 5th, 2012 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Yangon, Jan 5 (IANS) Visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague Thursday met with Myanmar President U Thein Sein hours after he arrived in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Hague also met with parliamentary speaker U Shwe Mann and his Myanmar counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin.

His two-day visit is to observe the latest developments in the country. No further details about the meetings were immediately available.

Hague, also secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, was expected to fly to Yangon in the evening to meet with leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi, British Embassy sources said.

It is the first visit by a British foreign secretary to Myanmar since 1955, reports Xinhua.

Hague’s visit followed the visit of British International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell in Myanmar in mid-November last year.

According to diplomatic sources, Britain has pledged 185 million pounds ($289 million) over three years to fund health and education projects in Myanmar through the NGOs.

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