NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – On Friday U.S. President Barack Obama said the show “glimmers of progress” in Burma, where the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel next month to explore new relationships.
On Thursday Barack Obama met for the first time since his Air Force One with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has ruled for a more assertive engagement of the United States in Burma .
Speaking to reporters on the island of Bali, which is the summit of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian East), Obama promised that Washington would consider new links with the country in case continuation of democratic reforms.
He explained that the visit of Hillary Clinton, the first of a chief U.S. diplomat in half a century, was a response to recent signs of openness of the Burmese authorities.
Barack Obama has noted that the recent release of political prisoners, the relaxation of censorship and more legislative decisions were “the most important reform measures in Burma ever seen in years.”
“We want to take what could be a historic opportunity for progress and stressed that should continue on the path of democratic reform in Burma will forge a new relationship with the United States,” said Bush.
“There is still much progress to make for the future that the Burmese people deserve,” he stressed, however, adding that threats of sanctions and isolation would be maintained in the absence of progress in human rights and democracy.
Hillary Clinton will travel to Yangon, the first city in the country and Naypyitaw the political capital, to see if the U.S. can “allow a positive transition in Burma and open a new chapter between the two countries,” said President the United States.