US envoy in Myanmar for talks with government

AP News
Posted: Sep 08, 2011 11:51 PM
US envoy in Myanmar for talks with government

A United States Embassy official says Washington's special representative to Myanmar has arrived in the country's administrative capital of Naypyitaw for talks with officials of the new nominally civilian government.

Derek Mitchell is scheduled to meet the foreign minister and other government officials during the trip that began Friday. Aung San Suu Kyi's spokesman says he will return to Yangon on Saturday to meet with the pro-democracy leader.

This is Mitchell's first visit to Myanmar since the country's military regime handed power to a new nominally civilian government led by president Thein Sein, an ex-general who was prime minister under the junta.

Mitchell's trip follows a visit by U.S. Sen. John McCain in June.