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Former NM governor and US diplomat Bill Richardson meets Myanmar leader

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson

BANGKOK (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson, on a humanitarian mission to strife-torn Myanmar, has met with the head of the Southeast Asian nation’s military-installed government.

Myanmar’s Information Ministry says Richardson held discussions about prevention and control of COVID-19. His mission was announced Sunday by his office, which quoted him as saying he is visiting the country to discuss the humanitarian delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, medical supplies, and other public health needs.

The mission has also raised hopes that Richardson will seek the release of U.S. journalist Danny Fenster, who has been jailed in Myanmar for the past five months.