Myanmar President Thein Sein to meet Obama on Monday at White House

Myanmar President Thein Sein will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, it said Wednesday.

Thein Sein, who will be the first head of the Southeast Asian country to make an official trip to the United States since 1966, is expected to discuss with Obama challenges to efforts to "develop democracy, address communal and ethnic tensions and bring economic opportunity to the people of his country," the White House said in a statement.

Obama paid the first visit as a U.S. president to Myanmar in November.

The United States has since continued to advocate for continued progress on reform by Thein Sein's government, in close cooperation with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, civil society leaders, and the international community, according to the statement.

Thein Sein will also visit Silicon Valley in California to meet executives of information technology companies, Myanmar's state-run television said earlier.

==Kyodo