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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi praises US engagement

Reuters, YANGON

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday welcomed renewed US engagement with Myanmar, saying she hoped it would set her long-isolated country on the road to democracy.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a final meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi as she wrapped up a landmark visit to Myanmar, which saw the new civilian government pledge to forge ahead with political reforms and re-engage with the world community.

Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi — who has come to symbolize the pro-democracy aspirations of Myanmar’s people — met yesterday at the latter’s lakeside home.

“If we go forward together I’m confident there will be no turning back from the road to democracy,” Suu Kyi said.

Aung San Suu Kyi said Myanmar needed help on education, healthcare and strengthening rule of law and welcomed new US support for World Bank and IMF assessment missions to help draw up priorities for a country whose shambolic economy is increasingly reliant on China.

Clinton said the US would do what it could to help, announcing new support for small programs to help landmine victims and support microfinance and health projects.

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