Obama congratulates President, Suu Kyi

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.

Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

“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.


More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Myanmar enters 2021 with more friends than foes
The early delivery of vaccines is one of the many boons of the country’s geopolitics, but to really take advantage, Myanmar must bury the legacy of its isolationist past.
Will the Kayin BGF go quietly?
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.

Support our independent journalism and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and analysis

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters.

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar