Pakistan Leader Confers with Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted January 25th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari held talks Wednesday with Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as he wrapped up a two-day visit aimed at boosting trade and economic ties.

Mr. Zardari is the latest in a growing list of foreign dignitaries to visit Burma, as the new, nominally civilian Burmese government begins moves to improve its international reputation after decades of military rule.

The Pakistani leader also met with Burmese President Thein Sein Tuesday in the southeast Asian nation.

Thein Sein took office last year when the military junta ended and has since moved to promote national reconciliation in hopes of persuading Western governments to lift economic sanctions imposed on the old government.

He has since ordered the release of hundreds of political prisoners and permitted Aung San Suu Kyi to run in parliamentary elections set for April.