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Indonesian Prez to visit Myanmar next week

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will arrive in the military-ruled nation on March 1 to discuss democracy efforts with junta leader Than Shwe.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 14:59 IST

Indonesia's president will discuss Myanmar's democracy efforts with junta leader Gen Than Shwe during a visit to the country next week, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will arrive in military-ruled Myanmar on March 1 for a two-day visit, said Dino Pati Djalal.

The trip would be the first by a regional leader since December, when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations publicly called on Myanmar to release political prisoners and speed up moves toward democracy.

Djalal said Yudhoyono planned to meet with Than Shwe to discuss Myanmar's "road map to democracy."

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 14:59 IST