Published July 17, 2013
PARIS – France's leaders are set to meet Myanmar President Thein Sein to discuss widening economic and diplomatic ties.
The talks Wednesday between Thein Sein and President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault are the second leg in a European tour for the Myanmar president. He met British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this week.
France and other Western nations imposed sanctions on Myanmar's previous military junta and avoided military-to-military contacts. Most sanctions were dropped after Thein Sein took office in 2011 and instituted economic and political reforms.