Barack Obama calls Myanmarese President, Suu Kyi; assures US support

Washington: US President Barack Obama has congratulated his Myanmarese counterpart Htin Kyaw and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi while assuring America's support to the new civilian government whose formation he termed as a "historic step forward".

File photo of US President Barack Obama. AP

File photo of US President Barack Obama. AP

"The President welcomed the historic step forward of a democratic transfer of power to a civilian-led government that reflects the will of the people," the White House said on Wednesday.

During a telephonic conversation, Obama underscored the commitment of the US to support the people and government of Burma (Myanmar) as they work to achieve a more inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous future, a statement said.

Obama also extended his best wishes to President Htin Kyaw and the people of Myanmar ahead of the upcoming Water Festival and New Year celebrations.

Obama spoke to his fellow noble laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the new Foreign Minister of Myanmar and offered his congratulations on her country's historic democratic transfer of power to a civilian-led government, the White House said.

"The President commended Aung San Suu Kyi's determined efforts, over the course of many years and at great personal cost, to achieve a peaceful transfer of power and advance national reconciliation," it said.