Obama phones Myanmar president to praise general election
US President Barack Obama phoned President U Thein Sein on Thursday morning to commend his Myanmar counterpart and his administration for the success of the country’s historic general election on 8 November.
The US president said that the cooperation that existed between the Union Election Commission, the international community, political parties and civil society groups contributed to the country’s ability to hold peaceful elections.
The US president said the general election was an important step in solidifying Myanmar’s reforms. He said the brave reforms initiated by Myanmar’s president have brought about significant change for the future of Myanmar. President Obama promised to continue cooperating with U Thein Sein’s government until a new government takes office.
The US president, who visited Myanmar in 2012 and 2014, expressed hope that the US will be able to promote further cooperation and to help ensure stability and prosperity for the people of Myanmar.
President U Thein Sein reportedly replied that he was proud of Myanmar for holding such a peaceful and smooth general election and acknowledged the contribution made by members of the government, the UEC, political parties, the public and international organisations. He also pointed out the importance of peace and stability throughout the post-election period.
U Thein Sein added that he plans to meet with the political parties and will take measures to transfer power within the period stipulated by the country’s constitution. He then thanked the US administration for its commitment and continued cooperation to Myanmar during its reform process.—Myanmar News Agency