She has become the first US Secretary of State to visit in more than 50 years. Hillary Clinton has touched down in Myanmar, also known as Burma, where she is expected to press the reclusive country’s leaders to deliver on reforms.
Her arrival came as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave a rare video conference from her home.
She is in favour of engaging with America.
“I think the government is quite comfortable with the close link that I have with the United States because they understand that I do not wish to use our friendly relation to the United States to in any way hurt the situation in Burma,” Suu Kyi said via the conference link.
Suu Kyi, who was held in detention for 15 years, also confirmed she would run in upcoming by-elections for parliament.
She said she was ready to gamble that her government’s reforms were real.