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Thein Sein postpones Australia, NZ visit

An official visit by Burmese President Thein Sein to Australia and New Zealand has been postponed “to a mutually convenient date which would be coordinated by the two sides,” Burma’s state media reported on Wednesday.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr pictured after a meeting at Aung San Suu Kyi's home in Rangoon on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. (Photo: Ye Min / Mizzima)During a three-day trip to Burma last month, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced a US $5.7 million aid package to the country, and unveiled plans to establish a dairy farm. New Zealand says it hopes to open a diplomatic mission in Burma next year.

In October, Australian officials announced they had offered to advise Burma on elections and government structures, and support the country’s efforts to build an effective foreign investment regime.

And in June, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced an $80 million aid scheme that would include providing textbooks to more than one million children in Burma.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:48 )  

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