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Thein Sein to leave for US on Sept. 24

Burma’s President Thein Sein will make a three-day visit to the US starting on Sept. 24, where he will speak to the UN General Assembly.

Burma's President Thein Sein  Photo: MizzimaUS President Barack Obama last month ordered an exception to a visa ban on Burma's leaders to let Thein Sein travel freely during the UN summit.

Thein Sein's visit to the US follows opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is set to leave for the US on Sunday, marking her first visit to a country that has long supported democratic reform in Burma. Her visit will garner maximum media attention, as she is scheduled to be honoured at seven different locations across the US, starting with Washington, D.C., and New York City. 

Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament this year, will travel to Washington, D.C., to receive the Congressional Gold Medal as part of her visit, in which she will be feted at a White House dinner with President Barrack Obama, according to reports. There is also speculation that Obama will meet with Thein Sein, but that has not been confirmed by US officials.

The congressional medal is the top honour bestowed by the US Congress, which voted to award it to Suu Kyi in May 2008 when the prospect of her leaving Burma looked remote.

Since then Burma has embarked on a wave of democratic reform, led by Thein Sein, a former general in the military junta, who has surprised the international community with the extent of Burma's reform movement.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2012 17:22 )  

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