Friday, April 20, 2012

Burmese FM, Suu Kyi invited to visit U.S.

Friday, 20 April 2012 17:05 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – Burma’s foreign minister has been invited to visit the United States in May to continue talks about democratic reforms, including issues affecting ethnic groups.

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin visited Washington last year after talks at the U.N. in New York.

Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin addresses the 66th general assembly of the United Nations in New York in this file photo. Photo: AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi has “an open invitation” to visit the U.S., a State Department spokesman said. Suu Kyi has scheduled a trip to Norway and Britain in June.

Kurt Campbell, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told reporters in India on Tuesday, "What we are looking for is support of every element of reforms that have taken place and to encourage further steps, particularly in areas that are still dealing with violence – ethnic minority areas along the borders,” according to a story by Agence France Presse.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner noted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton invited the pro-democracy leader to the United States during Clinton’s visit to Burma in December 2011.

“She certainly would always have an open invitation to carry on the dialogue that began when the secretary was in Burma,” Toner told reporters. Suu Kyi was elected to the Burmese Parliament on April 1 in by-elections that won wide praise around the world.

Norway said she would visit to accept in person the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to her while she was under house arrest.  Suu Kyi lived for years in Britain, the home of her late husband.

U.S. lawmakers have invited Suu Kyi to visit to accept the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest U.S. civilian award.

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