President Barack Obama landed in the isolated Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar over the weekend. President Obama’s visit to Myanmar formerly known as Burma is the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the nation. The president met with Myanmar’s reformist president Thein Sein. He also held talks with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [chee], who led the challenge against military rule and won a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. President Obama and the opposition leader addressed reporters overnight in the country’s main city of Ragoon. Later, the President addressed the people of Myanmar during a televised broadcast at the University of Yangon stating that United States is ready to “extend the hand of friendship now that Burma has unclenced its fist of iron rule.
President Obama during his visit has pledged a greater investment in Burma, as long as, the country continues to progess after a half-century of military rule. The president appointed a permanent ambassador to the country.
According to the White House, President Obama is concern and will address the ongoing ethnic tension in Burma westen Rakhine state. He will talked about the displacement of more than 110,000 people, the vast majority of them being Muslims known as Rohingya.
President Obama commented when a human rights group said that Burma does not deserve a personal visit from him when there are political prisoners and ethnic tensions remain. He said his visit is not an endorsement of Burma’s government but the progress that is going on in the country.