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news - US Allows Burma Minister to Visit Washington

september 22nd, 2009

"In a gesture toward Burma's military rulers, the United States has allowed the country's foreign minister to travel to Washington to visit the Burma embassy, a US official said on Monday.

Foreign Minister Maj. Gen. Nyan Win did not meet any US officials while in Washington and is now in New York for the UN General Assembly, said the US official, who spoke on condition that he not be named.

'The foreign minister has already made a side trip to Washington...while in Washington he did not meet anybody from the US government,' the official said.

Relations between the United States and Burma, which has been under military rule for almost five decades, have been strained this year by the junta's conviction of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for an internal security breach.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has spent 14 of the past 20 years in some form of detention, was sentenced on August 12 to another 18 months of house arrest, enough to keep her off the campaign trail for next year's elections."

MORE: "US allows Burma minister to visit Washington" (Reuters)

FURTHER READING: "Burma PM to attend UN assembly after 14-yr absence" (Reuters)


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