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Obama Congratulates Burma on Historic Democratic Milestone

US President Barack Obama and National League for Democracy chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi hold a press conference after their meeting at her residence in Yangon, November 14, 2014.(Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

RANGOON — President Obama congratulated his Burmese counterpart, President Htin Kyaw, in a phone call on Wednesday and applauded the National League for Democracy (NLD) leadership for reaching a historic milestone in democratic reform.

The US President urged the new administration to continuing striving to make Burma more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous.

During the conversation, Obama said the US is willing to provide future assistance to Burma and asked to remain informed of the country’s future plans.  He advised Htin Kyaw to hold a frank discussion with the new US ambassador, Scot Marciel.

Obama also spoke with National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi, and commended her efforts over many years to achieve a peaceful transfer of power and advance national reconciliation.

He wished Htin Kyaw and the people of Burma a happy water festival, just days ahead of the upcoming Thingyan celebrations.

The Burmese President said he greatly appreciated the support.

“I’m confident President Obama and the United States will continue to provide assistance to us,” he said. “We want US investment in Burma, and we would like to cooperate in various sectors with USAID. With support from you, and our other friends, I believe Burma will achieve its goals soon.”