BRIEF – German President visits Rangoon

German President Joachim Gauck is in Rangoon on official visit. On Tuesday he will attend the opening of the Goethe Institute for German cultural learning. The centre originally operated a chapter in Burma from 1959-62. Gauck will also speak at Rangoon University and attend a bilateral economic forum. The visit is the latest in strengthening German ties with Burma, the foundations having been laid by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who visited in 2012.