Deputy Secretary of United States Mr. Antony Blinken during his meeting with President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw called to release remaining political prisoners before the end of his term in March this year.
Mr. Blinken said President Thein Sein that releasing political prisoner is to solidify his legacy.
He also draw attention to the plight of Rohingya minority in Arakan and asked to protect the rights of nationalities regardless of ethnicity and religion.
“I shared our strong concern about discrimination and violence experienced by ethnic and religious minorities, including the Rohingya population in Rakhine State,” Mr Blinken said in the conference.
During his visit to Myanmar, Mr. Blinken also meet Army Commander-in-Chief Vice Senior General Soe Win and discussed the democratic transition of power to the new government lead by NLD.
Beside that he also met Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi and discussed sort of issues. In a press conference before is leaving, he told “Long-term economic growth must be nurtured and it must be sustained; the national reconciliation process must continue; remaining political prisoners must be released; and human rights protected for all no matter their ethnicity or religion,”.
It is said that still 128 political prisoner remain behind the bars and another 403 awaiting trails.
“I will say more generally that the will of the people of Myanmar I think was expressed very clearly,” he said, referring to the NLD’s garnering of nearly 80 percent of elected seats in the November 8 election. “And that is in support of Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership and the leadership of the party in governing.” Mr. Blinken said in the press.
Regarding the relationship with China he said “There is no zero-sum choice between having a good relationship with the US and having a good relationship with China,” Mr Blinken said. “A strong positive relationship between Myanmar and China will advance the prospects for peace, stability and progress for all people.”
Mr Blinken said the focus was on the transition – as speculation on the composition of the future government was hypothetical – but he indicated general support for her position.