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Burmese Monk Recounts Successful US Visit - 2003-08-23


U Nayaka, leader of a Burmese delegation and presiding monk of Phaung Daw Oo Integrated High School, said a month-long U.S. visit was a fruitful one.

A five-member delegation of leaders of Buddhist, Baptist and Anglican churches in Burma were guests of the International Meridian Visitors Center in Washington under a program sponsored by the State Department. They arrived the U.S. on July 26 and scheduled to leave for Burma on August 23, 2003.

U Nayaka told VOA Burmese Service that during their stay in the U.S. they visited Washington, D.C., Buffalo, New York, Greensboro, North Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida, Fort Worth, Texas, Portland, Oregon, Washington and San Francisco, California.

The leader of the Burmese visiting team recounted his experience in the U.S. He said they had had open and beneficial discussion with various religious groups and non-governmental organizations on their social and religious activities including interfaith movement in America.

On their part, the members of the Burmese delegation also explained American friends about their social and religious activities in their native country.

U Nayaka said he learned a lot from American people who really shine in their selfless voluntary work in various social activities in their own community ranging from educational efforts to marriage counseling.

All in all, he said, the exchange program his delegation participated during their visit here in the United States was very successful, He also said he was personally pleased to have had this opportunity.

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