Hillary Clinton has said the US hopes to start talks with Myanmar on upgrading diplomatic relations and boosting aid as a way to ease its isolation.

After landmark meetings in the remote capital Naypyidaw on Thursday, Clinton said that the US would take small steps including discussing possible searches with Myanmar for the remains of American soldiers killed during the second world war.

Clinton also invited Myanmar to join as an observer the Lower Mekong Initiative, a US programme that offers co-operation on health and the environment in Southeast Asian nations.

Source: Agencies