22 May '11, 10am

Myanmar calls for US 'goodwill' to improve ties: YANGON - MYANMAR has told the United States it will not accept

YANGON - MYANMAR has told the United States it will not accept preconditions to improve relations, saying sanctions imposed by Washington remain the biggest obstacle to better ties, a report said on Sunday. 'We would like to urge the US to build mutual trust in the first place and only then will we be able to frankly discuss ways of promoting the relationship between the two countries,' Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin was quoted as saying by the weekly Myanmar Times. The minister was speaking on Wednesday to Joseph Yun, deputy US assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, in the highest-level meeting between the two nations since the advent of a nominally civilian government. The newspaper quoted a transcript from the talks in the capital Naypyidaw that was released by the office of President Thein Sein, suggesting the new government is pursuing a mo...

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