US wants more re­forms

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US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry has urged Myan­mar’s new gov­ern­ment to com­plete the tran­si­tion to democ­racy by im­ple­ment­ing fur­ther re­forms. Speak­ing with Myan­mar’s for­eign min­is­ter and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, af­ter talks in the cap­i­tal of Naypyi­daw yes­ter­day, Kerry pledged con­tin­u­ing US sup­port for the coun­try and hailed progress it has made since Suu Kyi’s po­lit­i­cal party took of­fice in late March. His visit came less than a week af­ter the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion lifted sanctions against 10 state-run com­pa­nies and banks but left in place re­stric­tions on trade and in­vest­ment with the na­tion’s still-pow­er­ful mil­i­tary. Suu Kyi said she did not be­lieve the re­main­ing sanctions would stay in place for long, and added that she did not look at them as a pun­ish­ment.

MEET­ING: John Kerry and Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyi­daw

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