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Obama praises Myanmar's "remarkable journey"

  • U.S. President Barack Obama praised Myanmar’s "remarkable journey" of reform as he made the first visit to the South East Asian nation by a serving American president on Monday.

    Speaking at Yangon University, he said that the desire for change had been met by an agenda of reform, adding he was there to extend a "hand of friendship".

    Obama also called for an end to communal violence between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine state, which has displaced more than 100,000 people.

    Earlier in the day, Obama met with President Thein Sein followed by a meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the lakeside home where she spent years under house arrest.

    Obama is being accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who returns to Myanmar nearly a year after her first visit.

    Obama next heads to Cambodia to join a meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations.