Myanmar announces Obama visit, 1st by an American president

The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar - A government official in Myanmar says President Barack Obama will visit the Southeast Asian country later this month.

It would be the first-ever visit to Myanmar by an American president.

The official speaking from the capital Naypyitaw said today that security for a visit on Nov. 18 or 19 have been prepared but the schedule is not final.

U.S. officials have not yet announced any plans for a visit.

Obama's administration has sought to encourage the recent democratic progress in Myanmar by easing sanctions applied against its previous military regime.