A senior U.S. diplomat will travel to Myanmar this week in the latest effort by Washington to engage with the military-dominated government.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Yun also hopes to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. His four-day visit starts Wednesday.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that Yun would meet with senior government leaders, political parties, ethnic minorities and businessmen.
Toner said the trip reflects "our continued willingness to engage" with the Myanmar government.
The Obama administration has made little headway since it abandoned the U.S. policy of isolating Myanmar two years ago. The U.S. wants political prisoners released and democratic reform.
Yun last visited in December.