US TO OPEN PEACE CORPS PROGRAM IN MYANMAR

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The United States will start sending Peace Corps volunteers for the first time next year to Myanmar.

President Barack Obama is announcing the new program ahead of a meeting in Myanmar’s capital with President Thein Sein.

The White House says the first volunteers will arrive in late 2015. They’ll train for three months in Myanmar’s language, culture and technical needs. Then they’ll volunteer at sites in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for two years.

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Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says Myanmar’s government formally invited the Peace Corps to open a program last year. He says the Peace Corps is ideally suited to help Myanmar as it transitions to democracy and works to promote economic prosperity.

Rhodes says the program also shows the U.S. commitment to Myanmar and its people.

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