Pakistani president Zardari to visit Myanmar, Suu Kyi

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  • Zardari will discuss economic and trade cooperation, his spokesman says
  • He will also visit Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Thein Sein has introduced reforms since becoming Myanmar's president last year
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will leave for Myanmar on Tuesday to discuss economic ties with the country and to visit longtime democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.
During his two-day trip, Zardari will speak with Myanmar President Thein Sein about promoting economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement from Zardari spokesman Farhatullah Babar.
The two sides will also consider ways to promote cooperation in oil and gas sector, the statement said.
Zardari will also visit Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, in Yangoon, Babar said.
Myanmar has been ruled by a military junta since 1962, but the generals are loosening their grip on the country after coming under criticism for their human rights record and as the economy suffered from economic sanctions.
Sein, a former general, became president in March 2011 after elections that were criticized by democracy activists. But his rapid introduction of reforms has raised hopes of a lasting improvement in civil liberties within the country.