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Myanmar president, French FM discuss political development in Myanmar

(Xinhua)

09:44, January 17, 2012

YANGON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein and visiting French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Alain Juppe discussed Myanmar's recent political development in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, state radio and television reported.

Their discussions also covered mutually-beneficial international and bilateral cooperation, the report said without disclosing further details.

Juppe arrived in Myanmar on Saturday on a three-day official visit to the country

During his visit, Juppe also met speakers of both houses of the parliament U Shwe Mann and U Khin Aung Myint and his Myanmar counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin in the capital.

In addition, Juppe also met in Yangon Aung San Suu Kyi, the top leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), and representatives from some other political parties, ethnic minorities and civil society.

He expressed welcome over Myanmar's reform undertakings, assuring to lift French sanctions on Myanmar phase by phase based on its progress in democratization.

Encouraged by Myanmar's new development, Juppe made the first ever visit to Myanmar as a highest-ranking French official since 1988.

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