President Barack Obama pressed the country's leader to hold inclusive elections next year and respect the rights of its persecuted Muslim minority.
But despite setbacks on those fronts, Obama insisted that he remains optimistic about Myanmar's move toward democracy .
Obama said following a meeting with Myanmar's President Thein Sein :We recognize that change is hard and it doesn't always move in a straight line,but I am optimistic about the possibilities for Myanmar.
Myanmar's president said he had a candid discussion with Obama about the need for more progress
He insisted he was committed to that,but he said that on some aspects of the political and economic reforms his country has outlined, more time will be needed.
Obama has made democratization in Myanmar a central part of his policy in Asia.
After the country's unexpected shift away from a half-century of military rule, the US rewarded its promises of reforms with suspended sanctions and a flurry of visits from highlevel officials.