US se­na­tor to meet Burma’s junta chief

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RAN­GOON: US Se­na­tor Jim Webb, the first mem­ber of Congress to visit Burma (called Myan­mar by its mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment) in more than a decade, ar­rived in the mil­i­taryruled coun­try’s cap­i­tal yes­ter­day to meet au­thor­i­ties, of­fi­cials said.

The visit fol­lows Tues­day’s sen­tenc­ing of democ­racy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to an­other 18 months un­der house ar­rest. An Amer­i­can ci­ti­zen re­ceived a sen­tence of seven years of hard labour at the same trial.

Webb was sched­uled to meet Prime Min­is­ter Gen­eral Thein Sein yes­ter­day and Than Shwe to­day, of­fi­cials said, mak­ing him the first se­nior US of­fi­cial to meet the junta leader. – Sapa-AP

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