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15 August 2009 @ 09:00 pm
Virginia Senator visits Burma in order to release U.S. Prisoner  


Webb May Open Doors for Talks with Burma

Washington Post | Karen DeYoung and Colum Lynch

Sen. James Webb met with top officials in the hard-line military government of Burma on Saturday and arranged for the release of an American prisoner there, part of a mission that may open the door to further U.S. engagement, according to senior administration officials.

Accompanied by U.S. Embassy officials, Webb (D-Va.) traveled to the remote Burmese administrative capital of Naypyidaw to hold rare talks with the country's leader, Gen. Than Shwe. He also paid an hour-long visit to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest. He was told that Burma would allow John Yettaw, 54, sentenced last week to seven years for intruding on the Nobel laureate's heavily guarded home, to leave the country with him on Sunday.

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