31 Oct Myanmar president opens unprecedented multi-lateral talks

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Myanmar President Thein Sein (L) shakes hands with Aung San Suu Kyi, (R) chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) and lower house member of Parliament prior to their meeting at persident resident office in Naypyidaw on October 31, 2014. Thein Sein opened unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw on October 31 ahead of crucial elections next year.  AFP PHOTO / PHYOE HEIN KYAW Myanmar President Thein Sein (L) shakes hands with Aung San Suu Kyi, (R) chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) and lower house member of Parliament prior to their meeting at persident resident office in Naypyidaw on October 31, 2014. Thein Sein opened unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw on October 31 ahead of crucial elections next year. AFP PHOTO / PHYOE HEIN KYAW

Naypyidaw (AFP) - Myanmar President UThein Sein opened unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw on October 31 ahead of crucial elections next year.

U Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi walked into the meeting together to begin talks that are the first of their kind in the country as it moves to emerge from decades of outright military rule.

The talks come a day after the White House said US President Barack Obama spoke to both U TheinSein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi about the upcoming polls, less than a fortnight before the US leader visits Myanmar.

Obama called for "inclusive and credible" elections during telephone talks withUTheinSein, said the White House in a statement.

Last week Myanmar election authorities announced the country's landmark elections would be held in the last week of October or the first week of November 2015.

Obama also spoke with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi about how Washington can "support efforts to promote tolerance, respect for diversity, and a more inclusive political environment", the White House said.

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