BANGKOK - Washington is ready to boost ties with Myanmar but will not lift sanctions until there is progress on democracy, a US diplomat said Thursday after the highest-level talks with the ruling junta in years.
US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and his deputy Scot Marciel held a rare meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Prime Minister Thein Sein during their two-day visit which ended Wednesday.
"This is early days, the first time we met most of these people. It's going to take some time to see how they respond," Marciel told a public forum on Thursday in Bangkok, capital of neighbouring Thailand.
"We are willing to move ahead in terms of bilateral relations but we are only going to do that if there is real progress."
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Source: Agence France Presse, "Envoy says US ready to improve Myanmar ties," November 5, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1016159/1/.h...