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Kerry presses for human rights in Myanmar

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Myanmar President Thein Sein at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw. (Source: CBS) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Myanmar President Thein Sein at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw. (Source: CBS)

NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR (CBS) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Myanmar President Thein Sein on Saturday at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of ongoing ASEAN ministerial meetings.

Kerry also met with the speaker of Myanmar's Lower House of parliament Shwe Mann.

While in Myanmar, Kerry is expected to press the country's leaders to apply greater safeguards for human rights.

Last week, more than 70 U.S. lawmakers warned of worsening conditions in Myanmar, also known as Burma, including anti-Muslim discrimination and violence, and urged the Obama administration to sanction those complicit in abuses and atrocities.

Kerry is expected to meet with opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on Sunday.

Kerry also met with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida ahead of a working luncheon.

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