WORLD NEWS TOMORROW- The US Senate on Friday confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the first US ambassador to Myanmar in more than two decades, the latest step in greater engagement with a nation undergoing dramatic reforms.
Derek Mitchell, a veteran US policymaker on Asia, was confirmed by unanimous consent, capping a startling series of developments in recent months which saw the two nations normalise diplomatic relations following democratic reforms in the reclusive Southeast Asian nation.
In congratulating Mitchell, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the diplomat “has done an excellent job in his current role as special representative and policy coordinator for Burma,” the former name for Myanmar.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi returned home yesterday at the end of a landmark five-nation European tour in which she was lauded as a model of peaceful resistance to dictatorship.
Suu Kyi, 67, will now prepare for the re-opening of Myanmar’s fledgling parliament in Naypyidaw on Wednesday when she will take her place — alongside her National League for Democracy (NLD) colleagues — as an elected MP for the first time.
On her first visit to Europe in more than two decades the Nobel Peace laureate — who spent almost two decades under house arrest — visited Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, Britain and France.