Obama meets Myanmar president on historic visit

US President Barack Obama met Myanmar's reformist leader Thein Sein today during a landmark visit to Yangon aimed at encouraging political reforms. 

Mr Obama, who held talks with Thein Sein at Yangon's regional parliament building, hopes to embolden the former general to deepen the country's march out of decades of military rule. 

He will meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi later today. 

Mr Obama's trek to Myanmar is meant to highlight what the White House has touted as a major foreign policy achievement -- its success in pushing the country's generals to enact changes that have unfolded with surprising speed over the past year.