Sen. Webb meets with political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi.
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) (L) meets with General Thein Sein in Yangon, Myanmar on August 15, 2009. Webb also met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained for 14 of the past 20 years and was convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest by allowing American John Yettaw to stay at her home for two days. After Sen. Webb's visit, the generals of Myanmar agreed to release Yettaw, who was sentenced to seven years of hard labor. UPI/Sen. Webb's office
After noting tension marked U.S.-Myanmar relations for years, President Obama Monday praised President Thein Sein's leadership and the country's progress.
The U.S. government has an obligation to put pressure on Myanmar President Thein Sein to address national security, Human Rights Watch said.
President Obama meets with Myanmar President Thein Sein at the White House Monday, the daily schedule indicates.
Tensions are rising in areas of Rakhine state where the Myanmar government is re-housing Muslims displaced after ethnic clashes with Buddhists last year.
Fighting and human rights abuses in Myanmar means the country continues to pose a threat to U.S. interests, U.S. President Barack Obama said.
A U.S. government commission recommended that Myanmar remains on a State Department blacklist of 15 governments responsible for "systematic" violations of freedom of religion.
The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in Myanmar announced Thursday that President Thein Sein has stepped down as party chairman.
There are no plans to amend the constitution in Myanmar so pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi can run for president, a leader said.
Aid deliveries to parts of Myanmar controlled by the separatist Kachin movement are severely restricted, relief officials said.
At least 56 political prisoners were freed in Myanmar after the European Union lifted sanctions against the country Monday, human rights activists said.