Pakistan’s President Visits Burma

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is scheduled to arrive Tuesday in Burma for a two-day official visit.

Mr. Zardari's office issued a statement earlier in the day saying the president will meet with Burmese President Thein Sein to promote economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

The dialogue is set to include ways to enhance bilateral trade and promote cooperation in the oil and gas sectors. The Pakistani president also plans on raising the issue of upgrading institutional relations with ASEAN to full dialogue partnership.

According to his office, President Zardari also plans on meeting with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi before returning home.

The Burmese opposition leader's party won a landslide victory in 1990, but the ruling military government prevented it from assuming power. Aung San Suu Kyi spent much of her time since then under house arrest, gaining her freedom in 2010 as the junta agreed to parliamentary elections late that year.

President Zardari's office said he wants to congratulate her on what it called “the beginning moments of her triumph” as she reenters the political arena.