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Obama visits Burma—Nov 19, 2012

Obama pledges commitment to Burma’s reforms

If Burma continues with its commitment to democratic reforms and ending ethnic conflict, the United States will offer its ongoing support in assisting to rebuild its crippled economy, US President Barack Obama said on Monday afternoon...

3:40
US President Obama leaves from Rangoon airport to Phnom Penh where he will attend the current ASEAN summit.

3:09
Obama concludes his 30-minute speech by saying “Thank You” in Burmese language.





2:39
Obama greets the audience in Burmese and begins his speech.

2:30
US President Obama arrives at Rangoon University.

1:15
The US President embraces Suu Kyi and leaves for the US Embassy.



1:07

Aung San Suu Kyi and Barack Obama address reporters.

12:17

President Obama arrives at Aung San Suu Kyi’s house for a private meeting with the pro-democracy leader.

11:40 am

US President Barack Obama, accompanied by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Burma's Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Maung Myint pay respects at Shwedagon Pagoda.

11: 40
The US president tells his Burmese counterpart that “this constructive meeting is the first step towards a long-term relationship between the US and Burma.”

Obama says that Thein Sein’s political and economical reforms have improved Burma, and that cooperation between the two countries will not only be mutually beneficial, but will help other nations in the region.

The US President also praises Thein Sein’s commitments on child soldiers and non-proliferation, and says he hopes to visit Burma again in future.

Obama visits Burma—Nov 19, 2012

‘We are moving forward’ Thein Sein tells Obama

Barack Hussein Obama became the first US president to visit Burma when Air Force One touched down just after 10 am at Rangoon airport on Monday morning ...

11:04
President Obama is greeted by Burma’s President Thein Sein on arrival at the Rangoon Regional Parliament Building.

10:10

US President Obama arrives at the Rangoon International Airport accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin is on hand to officially welcome the US president to Burma.

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The US president's Air Force One touches down at Yangon International Airport on Monday morning. (PHOTO: Mizzima)

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US President Barack Obama arrives at Yangon International Airport (PHOTO: US Embassy)

9:45
Today’s state-run newspapers in Burma have announced that several main traffic junctions in Rangoon will be closed for 20 minutes before and during the movement of a VIP motorcade. Traffic police will detour traffic, the newspapers said.

Affected intersections and roads: 10th Mile Junction; Airport Street and Pyay Road Junction; Pyay Road and Tawwin Street Junction; AD traffic lights; Pyay Road and Inya Road Junction; Hledan Junction; Hanthawady Roundabout; Myaynigon traffic lights; front of Rangoon Parliament; Pyay Road and Ahlon Road Junction; U Wisara Roundabout and Shwedagon Northern Gate Junction along Pyay Road from Rangoon International Airport.

9:30 am
Agence France–Presse (AFP) reports that President Obama will pledge a US $170 million aid package to Burma during today’s visit. The two-year (2012-13) package will reportedly target projects in civil society designed to establish democratic institutions and improve education.

9 am:
More than 3,000 people—mostly middle school and high school students selected by government authorities—are waiting to welcome the US President at Rangoon International Airport. Many arrived as early as 7 am.
Thein Sein returns to Burma to meet US President
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Burma’s President Thein Sein flew on Sunday evening from Phnom Penh to Rangoon where he will host visiting US President Barack Obama on Monday. Thein Sein will then return to the Cambodian capital to resume participation at the current ASEAN summit.

20arseansummit2President Obama has been scheduled to meet Thein Sein and Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann as well as Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his six-hour stopover visit in Rangoon before he too flies to Phnom Penh to attend the summit.

Obama is due to deliver a speech at the Convocation Hall of Rangoon University, and will reportedly have lunch at the US Embassy in Rangoon.

Meanwhile, the New York Times has reported that Obama’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, spent time in Burma during World War II when he was a cook for a British Army captain. President Obama never met his grandfather.

Hussein Onyango Obama is believed to be born in 1895, and was a member of the Luo tribe. He worked for several years as a servant for white colonialists in Kenya. His son, the first Barack Hussein Obama, was the president’s father. About 75,000 Kenyans served in Burma during World War II.
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This photo, taken several days ago, shows the airplane commissioned by the US for President Barack Obama's trip to Burma sitting at Mingalardon Airport in Rangoon. The plane arrived carrying provisions and security details that could be deployed during Obama's one-day visit. Photo: Nay Win Tun.

Obama is scheduled to stop over in Rangoon for six hours on Monday. He will be the first US president to visit Burma.


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