Barack Obama will be joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while visiting Burma this month during which dialogue will focus on further democratic reform.
Fresh from his historic re-election on Tuesday, Barack Obama will make history again later this month by becoming the first US president to visit Burma.
The World Bank approves a new interim strategy for Burma that focuses on accelerating poverty reduction and clears a US $80 million financial grant.
In measured terms falling short of criticizing the Burmese authorities, the US and UN voice concerns over the escalating violence in Arakan State.
A US Congressional report says the release of all political prisoners is also one of the preconditions for the removal of US sanctions on Burma.
A top US official says that Burma has a long way to go on human rights issues and must firmly commit to continue with democratization.
In supporting the World Bank and IMF’s entry into Burma, the US hopes to shape the policies and activities of the IFIs in the country.
The first dialogue on human rights between the USA and Burma was “very positive,” a senior US official says.
The Pentagon rules out resumption of a defense relationship with Burma until the US’s concerns on human rights issues with the Burmese military are addressed.
The Asian Development Bank rules out any possibility of “debt forgiveness” to Burma, and instead is working to reschedule its arrears.
The US Deputy Secretary of State will visit Burma to draw out a “road map” for the next phase of the bilateral relationship.
A US diplomat says the US favors a “regional approach” to the Rohingya crisis—but points the finger squarely at Burma and Bangladesh.
Obama signs the bill, but human rights groups warn that real risks exist that US companies will find themselves complicit in rights violations in Burma.
Commending Burmese President Thein Sein for his political vision, Ban Ki-moon reiterated the UN’s full commitment to supporting the process of reform in Burma.
Despite strong criticism, the Obama administration rules out reversing its decision to lift sanctions on Burma.
As the Burmese president takes the stage at the UN, several NGOs and members of the Kachin community stage protests in New York.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, the Burmese president says the process of democratic transformation in his country will be a complex and delicate one.
During her meeting with Burmese President Thein Sein, the Secretary of State offers US assistance, but insists Burma cut military ties with North Korea.
Speaking alongside the Burmese president in New York, Secretary of State Clinton says the US will ease restrictions on the import of Burmese goods.
The United States is considering lifting the Burma import embargo, a structured bilateral dialogue and starting a military relationship, says a senior White House official.