NAYPYITAW (Myanmar): Seeking to shore up reforms in long-isolated Myanmar, President Barack Obama pressed the country's leader to hold inclusive elections next year and respect the rights of its persecuted Muslim minority. But despite setbacks on those fronts, Obama insisted that he remains optimistic about Myanmar's move toward democracy.
"We recognize that change is hard and it doesn't always move in a straight line," Obama said following a nighttime meeting with Myanmar's President Thein Sein at his opulent palace. "But I am optimistic about the possibilities for Myanmar."
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