The U.S. government nominated Derek Mitchell, the state department special envoy to Myanmar, as the first U.S. ambassador to the country since 1990, the Financial Times reported, without saying where it got information.
Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed that Myanmar will chair the group in 2014, a move they say will provide further momentum for reform in the former military dictatorship.
The Pakistan Air Force today received its first three of 18 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16s that the U.S. hopes will give the Afghan neighbor nation a crucial edge against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in its northwest.
U.K. stocks fell for a second day as Associated British Foods Plc headed for its biggest decline since May and investors weighed escalating tension between the U.S. and Russia over the future of Ukraine.
Myanmar’s government granted legal status to Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s political party in a further sign of reforms before planned by-elections in which the democracy advocate will run for parliament for the first time.
Myanmar dissident Aung San Suu Kyi denounced irregularities in the first vote her political party is contesting since 1990, a ballot Western nations are closely watching as they consider lifting sanctions.
Myanmar’s army has displaced 75,000 ethnic Kachins since last June in an area along the Chinese border, Human Rights Watch said today, in a conflict that may threaten efforts to convince Western nations to lift sanctions.
The U.S. is likely to face increased pressure from other donor nations in the coming months to allow greater assistance to Myanmar, according to Stephen Groff, a vice president with the Asian Development Bank.
The U.S. welcomed Myanmar’s invitation to observe April 1 by-elections that will include former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi while cautioning that the voting process falls short of international standards.