Clinton meets with Burma’s President Thein Sein, discusses investment, human rights
Source: Washington Post
Two days after President Obama formally lifted prohibitions on U.S. investment in Burma, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Burmese President Thein Sein, marking another step in the administration’s rapid normalization of relations with the formerly isolated country.
Friday’s meeting came as Clinton was in Cambodia leading a delegation of more than 70 U.S. business leaders to a conference on U.S. investment in Southeast Asia — and where she announced initiatives aimed at strengthening economic ties with a region that represents a market of 580 million people. The delegation, which includes representatives from Google, General Electric and FedEx, is heading to the Burmese capital this weekend.
“I’m sending a very distinguished delegation to see you,” Clinton said as she and Thein Sein shook hands in the courtyard outside a hotel here before their 45-minute meeting. “But I wanted them all to hear from you tonight about your plans for the economy.”
Clinton’s trip also has taken her to Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam and Laos. Cambodia is hosting the annual conference of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.