Malaysian Foreign Minister Hamid Albar arrived in Burma Thursday for his long-awaited trip to check on the country's progress on democratic reforms.
Burmese officials say Hamid will hold talks Friday with Prime Minister General Soe Win before leaving Saturday. He has already met Foreign Minister Nyan Win.
The visit is meant to obtain information on the progress of reconciliation with the opposition and the democratization process in Burma. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations appointed Hamid last year as a special envoy to visit Burma.
Officials in Burma agreed to the trip and a January date was set, but then was postponed by Rangoon.
There has been no indication from the Burmese government that Hamid will be allowed to meet detained pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Burma is under intense international pressure to institute democratic reforms.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.