Obama Visits Myanmar

- 2012-11-19T13:10:01Z

Photograph by Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

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"I recognize this is just the first steps on what will be a long journey," Obama said in a joint briefing with Thein Sein, breaking with the U.S. practice of referring to the country as Burma. "But we think a process of democratic and economic reform here in Myanmar that has been begun by the president is one that can lead to incredible development opportunities."

Myanmar will "redouble our efforts" to develop democracy and "bring prosperity to our country," Thein Sein, wearing a purple sarong known as a longyi, said at the briefing.

Left, U.S. President Barack Obama, walks with Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, and Derek Mitchell, U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, after arriving at Yangon International Airport in Yangon.