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Step by step, Burma opens up to Europe

Foreign Secretary William Hague is the first senior British official to visit the country in half a century and meets Aung San Suu Kyi
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and British Foreign Secretary pose for photographers before their meeting today in Rangoon (SOE THAN WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

William Hague is spending two days in Burma, which, until recently, has been one of the most politically isolated countries in the world. Today he visited with government leaders in the capital Naypyitaw including the president, Thein Sein.

In a statement, Hague said, “I emphasized the importance the British government attaches to the reforms that the Burmese government has undertaken in the last six months." Hague added, he hoped the progress would continue and that all of Burma's political prisoners would be released. The number of political prisoners in the country is estimated at between 600 and 2,000.

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