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November 15, 2018

US President visits historic birthplace of Myanmar’s independence

US President Barack Obama at Q&A session with students and youths at Diamond Jubilee Hall of Yangon University in Yangon.
US President Barack Obama at Q&A session with students and youths at Diamond Jubilee Hall of Yangon University in Yangon.

President of the United States Barack Obama visited the Secretariat Building in the former capital of Yangon on Friday morning during his second visit to Myanmar.
Dr Thant Myint-U, Chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust, quoted Obama as saying that the Secretariat is the most important secular historic site in the country and the birthplace of Myanmar’s democracy and that it is where the representative government took shape in the early 20th century, where the Constituent Assembly met to write the country’s democratic constitution, where the architects of independence were assassinated in 1947, and where the very first national parliament was convened.
President Obama offered assistance with urban development and heritage protection during his tour of the Secretariat with the accompaniment of YHT Chairman Dr Thant
Myint-U. Constructed in 1905 at a cost of K2.5 million, the Secretariat is of prime historical importance to Myanmar.
In the evening, the US president met young people of the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Programme and delivered an address at Diamond Jubilee Hall of Yangon University.In his address, Obama recounted that his younger days were spent in Southeast Asian nations, encouraging young people to follow their dreams and braving and overcoming challenges that come in the way.
He described education as the future of a country, calling on youths to employ their intellect in national development.
President Obama also paid a visit to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at her place here in Yangon in the afternoon. At 5.25pm, the US president was seen off at Yangon International Airport by Yangon Region Chief U Myint Swe, Myanmar Ambassador to the US U Kyaw Myo Htut and US Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Derek Mitchell.

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