WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has discussed an upcoming visit to Myanmar with two of the country's political leaders.
The White House says Obama had separate telephone conversations Thursday with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Obama stressed with Thein Sein the importance of taking additional steps to address tensions and the humanitarian state in Rakhin State. He underscored the need for an inclusive and credible process for conducting elections next year.
Obama also discussed next year's elections with Suu Kyi and the status of Burma's ongoing political and economic reforms.
Obama is traveling to Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, next month to attend a pair of regional economic summits.