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YANGON—Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will meet with Myanmar political parties at the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) in Yangon today.
He arrived in the city yesterday and is set to meet with the political parties from 4-5 p.m. this evening.
“The MPC invited us by phone. Two representatives from our party will attend [the meeting]. All we understand is that the MPC invited us to attend a meeting, and that is for the ceasefire,” said Nyan Win, spokesperson for the opposition National League for Democracy.
“It is noted that not only political parties but also civil society are invited. After all the invitations, we will know how many people there will be,” said Aung Naing Oo, deputy director of the MPC.
Sai Nyunt Lwin, general secretary of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, said his party has also been invited to attend the meeting. He added that central executive committee member Sai Tun Aye and public communications representative Sai Aung Thein will attend.
Bill Clinton served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Together with his wife Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, and his daughter Chelsea Clinton, he founded the Clinton Foundation. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton visited Myanmar in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
During the administration of the current government, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama have also visited Myanmar.
If the nationwide ceasefire the government has been working on is achieved, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. presidents Carter and Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton, and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair will be invited to witness the signing of the ceasefire, said President’s Office Minister Aung Min.