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Obama arrives in Bangkok

  • U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Thailand, the first leg of a four-day tour of South East Asia, which includes an historic visit to Myanmar.

    Obama landed in the Thai capital Bangkok on his first foreign trip following his re-election as president.

    On Monday, he will become the first American president to visit Myanmar, which has been praised in recent months by the West for freeing hundreds of political prisoners and holding its first contested election.

    He is due to hold talks with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The U.S. is also set to ease its import ban on goods from Myanmar.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was previously the most senior U.S. official to go to Myanmar when she visited in December 2011.

    After visiting Myanmar, Obama will head to Cambodia to join a meeting of the ASEAN regional bloc.