Hillary Clinton has held talks with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit the pro-democracy leader described as “historic”.
The Nobel laureate and the US Secretary of State had dinner before meeting again on Friday morning at the house where Suu Kyi spent years in detention.
Clinton announced several moves to help the country but warned more progress was needed on human rights and political freedom.
“We are not at the point yet that we can consider lifting sanctions that we have in place, because of our ongoing concerns about policies that have to be reversed,” she said.
US officials said Clinton’s trip to Myanmar, also known as Burma, was aimed at bolstering reformers in the new government.
Suu Kyi’s party is being allowed to contest by-elections. But after decades of military rule, hardliners are said to be wary of change.