Myanmar, US presidents discuss democratic reform and regional issues

US President Barack Obama holds talks with President U Thein Sein.
US President Barack Obama holds talks with President U Thein Sein.

President U Thein Sein and President Barack Obama of the United States met at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday evening.
They discussed and exchanged views frankly on progress and challenges of democratic reform in Myanmar, successfully holding the 2015 elections at the designated time in a free and fair manner, constitutional reform, stability and development of Rakhine State, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction including chemical weapons in Asia, cooperation with the UN, economic reform and measures taken by Myanmar to prevent the recruiting of child soldiers.
Also present together with President U Thein Sein were Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ko Ko, U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Soe Thane, U Tin Naing Thein, U Khin Yi and U Ye Htut, Myanmar Ambassador to the US U Kyaw Myo Htut and departmental heads and together with the US president were National Security Advisor Susan Rice, US Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell and senior officials.
After the meeting, both president briefed the media on their discussions.
At the press meet, President U Thein Sein told the media that people of Myanmar thanked the US president as he was visiting Myanmar for the second time in support of the reform process. President U Thein Sein added that the US president recognized the reform of Myanmar and gave frank advice on challenges, some of which had been carried out by the Myanmar government while the rest would be implemented at opportune times.
The US president briefed the media on his discussions and advice, saying that reform was not a linear process while Myanmar still needed to take further steps. However, he recognized the success already achieved and commitment to continue the reform and expressed his hope that bilateral relations between the two countries would strengthen.
The US president visited Myanmar on 19 November 2012 at the invitation of President U Thein Sein and met with his counterpart at the guest house of Yangon Region Government.
President U Thein Sein visited the US from 17 to 23 May 2013 and met with the US President at the White House.
This was the first time President U Thein Sein and the US president had met in Nay Pyi Taw.

President U Thein Sein cordially greets US President Barack Obama.
President U Thein Sein cordially greets US President Barack Obama.
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