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Bomb squad examines Shwedagon Pagoda

Rangoon (Mizzima) - Bomb squads are inspecting Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon six times a day before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit on Thursday.
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, one of Burma's most holy sites. Photo: MizzimaU.S. Embassy officials, military and civilian intelligence officers and the pagoda’s trustees have made extra security measures around the jewel-bedecked, golden pagoda. The religious site will offer her greatest public exposure during the visit.
However, authorities will allow the public to visit the pagoda at the same time as Clinton’s walkabout. Journalists, who can be expected to turn it into a major picture opportunity, will accompany her.
Earlier on Thursday, Clinton will be in Naypyitaw to meet separately with Burmese President Thein Sein, Burmese Foreign Affairs Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, and the speakers of Parliament and the Upper House.
On Friday, Clinton will meet with Aung San Suu Kyi at her house in Rangoon at 9 a.m. Fifty journalists will be allowed to cover the meeting.

Clinton’s Itinerary:


She will arrive in Naypyitaw by air around 3:30 p.m.


At 9 a.m., she will meet Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin at the Foreign Affairs Ministry office in Naypyitaw.

At 10 a.m., she will meet President Thein Sein at the presidential office in Naypyitaw.

At noon, Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin will host a lunch for Clinton.

In the afternoon, she will meet separately with Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint and Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann.

Around 4 p.m., she will arrive at Rangoon Airport and travel to Shwedagon Pagoda.

She will stay at the Chatrium Hotel in Rangoon.


At 9 a.m., she will meet with Suu Kyi at her lakeside home in Rangoon.

Later, she will travel to a Shan Library and the Shan Literature and Culture Department in the “Nine-Mile” area of Rangoon to meet with a gathering of Shan.

In the afternoon, she will meet with Burmese politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon.

Between 4 to 5 p.m., she will depart from Rangoon.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:21 )  

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