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Top UK General in Burma to Build Military Ties

4 June 2013

Britain’s top general was in Burma on Monday to build ties with the Burmese military, which until recently was ostracized in the West. General Sir David Richards became the first Western military chief to visit the country since the beginning of a transition from outright military rule began in 2010. Gen Richards met the head of the Burmese military Gen Min Aung Hlaing, President Thein Sein and National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on Tuesday. The move follows Australia’s decision earlier in the year to open military ties with Burma.