BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR’) next month, the first such visit in more than 50 years.
The move is the most dramatic sign of a changing relationship between the United States and Myanmar, also known Burma.
The Asian nation suffered under a brutally repressive military rule for decades, but new civilian leaders have shown signs of seeking reform.
Obama was to announce the decision on Friday from Bali.
A senior administration official confirmed the news to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ahead of the president’s statement.
Before making his decision, Obama spoke to Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years on house arrest by the nation’s former military dictators.