March 18, 2013

ALONG THE ANGLOSPHERE:

Australia and Burma open defence talks (Reuters, 18 March 2013)

Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister, with President Thein Sein of Burma. Photograph: Alan Porritt/Getty
Australia is to ease restrictions on military engagement with Burma following democratic reforms carried out since the country's ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011.

The Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, said restrictions would be lifted on military humanitarian aid and peacekeeping but an arms sales embargo would stay in place.

Gillard met in Canberra with Burma's president, Thein Sein, on Monday. Thein Sein is the first leader of Burma to visit the Australian capital since 1974.
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