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Thein Sein urges Filipinos to invest in Myanmar

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Thursday urged Filipino businessmen and investors to invest in Myanmar, saying his country "offers ample investment opportunities." Thein Sein, who arrived here Wednesday for a state visit, said that Myanmar "has been creating opportunities for a good economic environment and foreign direct investment."

Myanmar president visits riot-hit western state

Myanmar's leader toured a strife-wracked western state Wednesday after anti-Muslim riots left one dead and homes razed in a resurgence of sectarian violence that has overshadowed internationally lauded political reforms. President Thein Sein arrived in Rakhine on Tuesday on his first trip to the region since a wave of religious bloodshed first erupted in June 2012, leaving dozens dead and displacing tens of thousands of people. "The main focus of the trip is the communal violence," said a presidential official who asked not to be named.

Campaigners demand action, not words, from Myanmar

Activists on Tuesday urged Myanmar President Thein Sein to "turn his words into action" after the former general promised to free all political prisoners by the end of the year. "I guarantee to you that by the end of this year there will be no prisoners of conscience in Myanmar," Thein Sein said Monday during a visit to London. Pro-democracy campaigners, however, have accused the former junta premier of using a series of headline-grabbing amnesties to secure foreign aid and investment.

Campaigners demand action, not words, from Myanmar

Activists on Tuesday urged Myanmar President Thein Sein to "turn his words into action" after the former general promised to free all political prisoners by the end of the year. "I guarantee to you that by the end of this year there will be no prisoners of conscience in Myanmar," Thein Sein said Monday during a visit to London. Pro-democracy campaigners, however, have accused the former junta premier of using a series of headline-grabbing amnesties to secure foreign aid and investment.

Myanmar leader vows to free all prisoners of conscience by year-end

Myanmar President Thein Sein promised Monday that all prisoners of conscience will be freed by the end of this year and said a "nationwide cease-fire" between government forces and armed ethnic minority forces may be reached over the coming weeks. Speaking at the Chatham House think tank in London, Thein Sein said, "I guarantee to you that by the end of this year there will be no prisoners of conscience in Myanmar," according to a transcript of his remarks.

Campaigners demand action, not words, from Myanmar

Activists on Tuesday urged Myanmar President Thein Sein to "turn his words into action" after the former general promised to free all political prisoners by the end of the year. "I guarantee to you that by the end of this year there will be no prisoners of conscience in Myanmar," Thein Sein said during a visit to London. Pro-democracy campaigners, however, have accused the former junta premier of using a series of headline-grabbing amnesties to win foreign aid and investment.

Myanmar leader pledges prisoner release on visit to Britain

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - President Thein Sein, the first leader of Myanmar to visit Britain in more than 25 years, promised to release all his country's political prisoners by the year's end after his host, Prime Minister David Cameron, pressed him to speed up reforms.

Obama, Thein Sein agree on need for more Myanmar reform

The United States and Myanmar in a landmark summit Monday reaffirmed the need to further push democratization and economic reforms in the Southeast Asian country amid challenges such as continued religious and communal conflicts. But no new deals were announced following the talks at the White House between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein, who is the first Myanmar leader to pay a state visit to the U.S. capital in nearly 50 years.

Obama, Thein Sein to hold landmark talks; reforms likely top agenda

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein will hold talks at the White House on Monday with further promotion of democratization and economic reforms in the Southeast Asian country likely topping the agenda. Thein Sein's landmark trip marks the first state visit by a Myanmar leader to the U.S. capital in nearly 50 years.

Myanmar seeks eased sanctions during Thein Sein visit to U.S.

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Sunday told Burmese living in the United States that he will seek an easing of sanctions on his country. "Foreign investments will bring factories and production, but if our products are being banned, nobody will come and invest in our country," Thein Sein said in a town hall-style meeting at the Voice of America office ahead of his meeting Monday with U.S. President Barack Obama.
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