19 November 2012
Last updated at 09:31
US President Barack Obama has arrived in Rangoon for a six-hour visit, making him the first sitting US president to visit Burma. He was accompanied by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on her second visit to the country.
Mr Obama's visit follows political reforms by President Thein Sein and his government, which replaced military rule in November 2010.
Crowds of people turned out to try to catch a glimpse of Mr Obama's motorcade as it made it way from the airport to the city.
Mr Obama - seen here visiting Shwedagon Pagoda - says there is more work to be done in Burma. But his visit is being seen as a response to the unprecedented changes that have been made.
Mr Obama met Thein Sein, who said that the two countries had agreed on "development of democracy" in Burma, at the Rangoon parliament building.
Meeting with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Rangoon, Mr Obama said that "human freedom" cannot be denied.
Speaking at Rangoon University, Mr Obama said that while the US was offering a "hand of friendship", the Burmese government must let democracy flourish.
In his speech - with Mrs Clinton and Ms Suu Kyi in attendance - Mr Obama also made a plea for the inclusion of displaced Muslim Rohingyas, who are not recognised as Burmese citizens.
Mr Obama's visit would have been inconceivable two years ago, with the two countries far apart. Since then, sanctions against Burma from Western countries have been eased.