9 Nov 2012

Obama to make historic visit to Myanmar

8:46 pm on 9 November 2012

The United States has confirmed that Barack Obama will visit Myanmar later in November - the first by an American president to the formerly isolated south-east Asian country.

The White House said Mr Obama planned to meet President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during the trip.

It is part of a three-leg tour from 17 to 20 November that will also take in Thailand and Cambodia, the BBC reports.

The Myanmar government of has begun implementing economic, political and other reforms - a process that the Obama administration sought to encourage.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was previously the most senior American official to go to the country when she visited in December last year.

The US has appointed a full ambassador to Myanmar and suspended sanctions to reward it for the release of political prisoner and the election of Nobel laureate Ms Suu Kyi to parliament.