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President Barak Obama arrived on Monday in Myanmar becoming the first sitting U.S. president ever to visit the Southeastern Asian country.
The visit comes after Myanmar undertook a series of dramatic reforms, away from military rule, which determined the West to start easing sanctions.
Obama hopes through this historic visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma, to push the nation further down the road of political and economic changes.
The U.S. president also hopes to determine the country to increase steps that address human-rights abuses.
“This is just the first steps on what will be a long journey”, said Obama, with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein at his side.
“But we think a process of democratic and economic reform… that has been begun by the president is one that can lead to incredible development opportunities”, Obama added.
The West is eyeing Myanmar due to its huge natural resources, large population and strategic location between China and India.
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