Burmese President to Make First State Visit

In what will be his first state visit since a 2015 landslide election victory in Burma ended 50 years of military rule, Burmese President Htin Kyaw will arrive in Cambodia for a three-day trip on Friday.

Mr. Kyaw will be received at the Royal Palace ahead of bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday.

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Burmese President Htin Kyaw (Wikimedia Commons)

Mr. Kyaw became Burma’s first elected head of state in March after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party swept to power in elections in November 2015.

The visit to Cambodia was scheduled at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni and will end on Monday with a tour of Siem Reap’s Angkor Archaeological Park, the ministry statement said.

Mr. Kyaw, 70, a childhood friend of Ms. Suu Kyi, was among three candidates nominated to assume the presidency. Ms. Suu Kyi, whose official titles are state counselor and foreign affairs minister, has frequently led visits abroad including to the U.S., U.K., Japan and China, and is considered the country’s de facto head of government.

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