YANGON - United States President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar on Monday morning in an historic visit to the former pariah state.
Obama, the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar, was greeted at the Yangon International Airport by Vice President Nyan Htun. Students waved Myanmar and US flags and a group of teens held up a placard reading, "Warm Welcome Obama, Please Help Our Business."
Thousands of riot police were stationed along University Avenue from the airport to Yangon's old Parliament building, where Obama was scheduled to meet with President Thein Sein, the reform-minded leader for whom the visit is an "acknowledgment" of the dramatic progress towards democracy in the past 18 months.
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