resident Obama landed in Myanmar (Burma) on Monday, making him the first U.S. president to visit the former Southeast Asian military dictatorship. Obama met with democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and also President Thein Sein, whose moves toward democratization prompted the U.S. to drop some sanctions and schedule Obama's symbolically important visit. "Over the last several decades, our two countries became strangers," Obama said in a speech at Yangon University. "But today, I can tell you that we always remained hopeful about you — the people of this country. You gave us hope. And we bore witness to your courage." After their joint meeting, Thein pledged to "redouble our efforts" to develop democracy and "bring prosperity to our country."
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