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Senior U.S. diplomat to meet Suu Kyi

New Delhi (Mizzima) – On Thursday, the US deputy assistant secretary of state, Joseph Yun, will meet Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Joseph Yun during his first visit to Burma on December 10, 2010. The US envoy reaffirmed that the United States remained open to direct dialogue with Burma’s government. Photo: MizzimaHe will also meet with NLD central executive committee members, Thein Oo of the NLD information department told Mizzima.

Yun arrived in Burma on Wednesday morning and arranged to meet with Burma’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and People’s Parliament Deputy Speaker Nanda Kyaw Swar, according to the diplomatic sources. He is expected to meet with lawmakers, nongovernmental organizations and ethnic leaders during his four-day visit.

This is his second visit to Burma. He visited first in December 2010.

The U.S. government renewed sanctions against Burma on May 16, saying the Burmese government has not shown significant progress in imporoving human rights. Despite the sanctions, the Obama administration has built a direct relationship with Burma’s new government.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:54 )  

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