YANGON — United States President Barack Obama has telephoned President U Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to offer congratulations in the aftermath of the historic November 8 election.
In his call to President U Thein Sein, Mr Obama offered congratulations to “the people of Myanmar” for participating in the election, the White House said in a statement released on November 12.
A separate White House statement said Mr Obama congratulated Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her election campaign and the success of the National League for Democracy.
Mr Obama also commended NLD leader for her “tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years to promote a more inclusive, peaceful, and democratic Myanmar,” the statement said.
Each statement said “the two leaders discussed the importance for all parties to respect the official results” and to work together to form an inclusive, representative government that reflects the will of the people.
“The President noted that the election and formation of a new government could be an important step forward in Myanmar’s democratic transition and the effort to forge a more peaceful and prosperous future,” both statements said.