Foreign Secretary congratulates Burmese President on reforms

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Foreign Secretary William Hague congratulates Burmese President on reforms and highlights concern at violence in Rakhine state.

Following a meeting with Burmese President Thein Sein on 6 November in the margins of the Asia-Europe Summit in Laos, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“I was pleased to meet President Thein Sein to follow up our meeting in Burma in January. I congratulated him on the progress Burma has made so far on vital political and economic reforms. I highlighted UK concern at the violence in Rakhine state and the humanitarian situation there, and welcomed what the Government had done to allow our ambassador access to the area. The UK is urging all political parties in Burma to do what they can to end the violence and address the issue of Rohingya citizenship.

“I encouraged continued cooperation between the UK and Burmese governments to promote responsible trade with and investment in Burma. And I expressed my hope that the President would be able to visit the UK early next year.”