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news - Update: Burma Says Senior US Official to Visit Next Week

october 22nd, 2009

"A senior US official will visit Burma next week in line with Washington's new policy of engaging the military-ruled Southeast Asian nation, a Foreign Ministry official said Thursday.

The Obama administration said Wednesday that US officials plan to travel to Burma in the next few weeks to talk with government representatives, ethnic minority groups and the democratic opposition.

The Burma Foreign Ministry official, who asked not to be identified by name because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said a high-ranking US official would visit next week as part of the new approach by Washington, which has shunned Burma in the past.

He declined to give the name of the US official.

Burma's opposition National League for Democracy party of detained Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said the US Embassy had informed it of an upcoming visit by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell and that he would meet with party officials.

'We welcome the visit by a senior-level official from the US and hope that he would be allowed to meet Aung San Suu Kyi,' party spokesman Nyan Win said."

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