Burma parliament speaker Shwe Mann travels to US for diplomatic talks
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Burma parliament speaker Shwe Mann travels to US for diplomatic talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department says that Burma parliament speaker Shwe Mann will discuss democratic reforms with the No. 2 U.S. diplomat next week during a visit to Washington.

Shwe Mann is a possible contender for the nation’s presidency. He arrives Thursday at the invitation of House speaker John Boehner and will meet with members of Congress. The department says Shwe Mann will meet Monday with Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

Former pariah state Burma is gearing up for national elections by November, a landmark in its bumpy transition from five decades of direct military rule. Shwe Mann is a former top general and junta member, and now a leading member of the ruling party.

He will address the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank this Friday.