Foreign Secretary visits Burma

In his first overseas visit of 2012, William Hague became the first UK Foreign Secretary to visit Burma in over 50 years.

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  1. Foreign Secretary's Press Conference

  2. At a press conference in Rangoon today, marking the end of his visit to Burma, the Foreign Secretary said:

    "I am delighted to be here, making the first visit by a British Foreign Secretary in 56 years.

    "It has been made possible by the initial steps taken by President Thein Sein, including the release of over 250 political prisoners, the easing of restrictions on the media and political parties and dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD.

    "My message is that if the country continues on this promising path, as we hope it will, we are ready to offer a new relationship based on friendship and prosperity."
  3. Press conference with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
  4. Foreign Secretary meets Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
  5. I’m currently in Burma, my first destination for 2012, to meet the President, senior ministers and ethnic minority leaders. There were some positive steps taken in Burma last year, including the release of over 250 prisoners in October. I was also encouraged to see the initiation of dialogue between the government and Aung San Suu Kyi, who I am delighted to be meeting later today. She has sent a few words for me to post on her behalf.