NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — President Barack Obama says Burma’s move toward democracy “is real,” but the process remains incomplete.
Obama is meeting with Burma’s President Thein Sein at his opulent palace in the country’s remote capital city. It’s Obama’s second trip to Burma, but the country has in many ways stalled in enacting the political and economic reforms leaders promised the U.S. during the earlier visit.
Obama says he specifically discussed the need for elections scheduled for next year to be “fair, inclusive and transparent.” He also raised the need for Muslims in the Rakhine state to have their rights respected.
Burma’s president is acknowledging in his meeting with Obama that his country needs time to enact some reforms. But he says Burma will continue with its reform process.