“I came to assess whether it was time to open a new chapter in our shared history,” said Hillary Clinton to the press after a meeting with President of Burma Thein Sein and several other members of the government in the new capital, Naypyidaw.
“The United States is prepared to take the path of reform with you, if you continue in the right direction,” Clinton said at the first visit of a head of American diplomacy in more than 50 years.
After decades of oppression by the military, Hillary Clinton said that President Barack Obama wanted to consider new relations improved and deepened to “greet the reforms with steps that will ease the isolation (of Burma) and improve the lives of its citizens. ”
In a room covered with gilding the huge presidential palace, Thein Sein hailed the visit of Mrs. Clinton “a historic step” that would “strengthen relations and cooperation” between the two countries.
The highlight of the visit will be private dinner Thursday night with Aung San Suu Kyi and the formal meeting between the two women on Friday. The opponent history, which has run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, the National League for Democracy (NLD) welcomed the visit, and Mrs. Clinton paid tribute to one whose long years of political struggle is a model and an inspiration.
Even if the junta is no longer officially the reins, the civilian government, in office since March, is still under tight control of military circles, and the real will of democratization uncertain.