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1st US ambassador to Myanmar since 1990 begins job

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Mitchell previously was President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Myanmar. The U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment as ambassador in late June.Washington announced in January it was restoring full diplomatic relations with Myanmar, encouraged by reforms that have swept the nation since a long-ruling army junta ceded power last year.Thein Sein, who took office after a general election, has instituted liberal reforms after almost five decades of repressive military rule. The initiative in large part is meant to attract foreign aid and investment. The previous military regime was shunned by many Western countries, who applied economic and political sanctions because of its poor record on human rights and democracy.Prior to Mitchell’s arrival, the highest level American diplomat in Myanmar was the charge d’affaires.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img

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