Obama to meet Suu Kyi, Myanmar president in Yangon

US President Barack Obama will visit Myanmar this month and meet both its president and its iconic opposition leader. 

This marks a new milestone in the US' efforts to promote democratic reforms in the country.

Mr Obama will travel to Myanmar as part of a tour of Southeast Asia that will include stops in Thailand and Cambodia. 

The visit to Myanmar, the first by a sitting US President, will give Mr Obama a chance to hold talks with President Thein Sein and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to encourage the country's ongoing democratic transition.