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US cozies up to Myanmar, appoints envoy

2012-05-17 22:17

Washington - The Obama administration has named the first full ambassador to Myanmar in more than two decades as US political ties warm with the former Southeast Asian pariah state.

As has been long expected, the White House tapped its current special envoy for Myanmar to become a full ambassador. Derek Mitchell has overseen US engagement with Myanmar as the country also known as Burma has undergone startling political reform.

If confirmed by the Senate, Mitchell would be the first US ambassador in the country since 1990. The US is currently represented by a lower-level diplomatic officer.

The announcement came ahead of a meeting on Thursday between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Myanmar's visiting foreign minister.