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Myanmar president meets U.S. Secretary of State Clinton

(Xinhua)

21:47, December 01, 2011

Myanmar President U Thein Sein (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Dec. 1, 2011. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday afternoon for her first official visit to Myanmar. (Xinhua/Zhang Yunfei)

NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the President's Residence in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday.

Clinton told a press conference before leaving Nay Pyi Taw for Yangon that President U Thein Sein briefed her on Myanmar's reform and change and she expressed U.S. welcome over the country's beginning for such change, hoping Myanmar will continue the move further.

Asked about when the United States will deal with the issue of sanctions, she said Myanmar will need to do more in national reconciliation, human rights and release of political prisoners as well as in the aspects of economy.

Clinton arrived in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday afternoon on a three- day official visit to Myanmar, representing the first trip by a U. S. secretary of state to the country in 50 years since 1955.

Clinton also met Speaker of the House of Representatives U Shwe Mann and Speaker of the House of Nationalities and Union Parliament U Khin Aung Myint as well as Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin.

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