07 Sep '11, 12am

US special envoy to head for Myanmar

US special envoy to head for Myanmar

WASHINGTON: The new US pointman on Myanmar will depart Wednesday on his first trip to the country since taking up the post, for talks with its military-backed government, the State Department has announced. Derek Mitchell, a veteran policymaker on Asia, was last month appointed the first US coordinator for policy on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, as part of US President Barack Obama's strategy to engage with the Southeast Asian nation. "His trip is intended to build upon US dialogue and engagement toward shared goals of genuine reform, reconciliation, and development for the Burmese people," the State Department said Tuesday in a statement. Mitchell will attend meetings in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on September 9-10 and hold discussions in Yangon on the following four days. In his Senate confirmation hearing in June, Mitchell said he would seek "direct and candid" dia...

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