WASHINGTON - In a long-awaited White House visit, President Barack Obama on Monday (Tuesday morning Thailand time) told Myanmar's president that he appreciates the Asian leader's efforts to lead the country in "a long and sometimes difficult, but ultimately correct, path to follow" toward democracy.
Obama spoke as he sat in the Oval Office with former general Thein Sein, who became the first president of Myanmar to visit the White House in 47 years. Activists object to the invitation because of concerns over human rights in the country, but it marks a turnaround in international acceptance for Myanmar after decades of isolation and direct military rule.
While the presidents met inside the White House, protesters just outside brought attention to the treatment of Muslims in Myanmar. (AP, Reuters photos)
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