Myanmar President Thein Sein on Tuesday asked the European Union to do away with sanctions on his country and continue helping the once-pariah state down the road to democracy, as he vowed to carry on with needed reforms during his first visit to Brussels.
"We face many challenges, but you have my promise: we will continue along this path and we will succeed," Thei Sein said. "My government will do everything in its power to see Myanmar become a democratic and prosperous and peaceful nation."
Right now though, Myanmar is "one of the poorest countries in the world" and requires international help - though it has "no desire of becoming an aid-dependent country," he noted.
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