President Obama Announces Plans to Lift Sanctions on Myanmar


Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama Wednesday announced plans to lift decades-long sanctions against Myanmar as the country’s de facto leader makes a visit to the White House.

Obama made the announcement to reporters in the Oval Office alongside State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi just hours after signing a proclamation that announced he was restoring trade benefits to the country.

The move comes only days after Obama’s week-long trip to Asia, where he sought to highlight the benefits of his signature “Asia pivot” strategy to the region.

While Obama hailed the move as recognition of “remarkable progress” made by Myanmar in instituting democratic reforms, it is likely to generate criticism among those who argue the country still has work to do, particularly in the targeting of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in recent years.

When asked for further details on when sanctions would be lifted, Obama replied “soon.”

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President Obama Announces Plans to Lift Sanctions on Myanmar


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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama Wednesday announced plans to lift decades-long sanctions against Myanmar as the country’s de facto leader makes a visit to the White House.

Obama made the announcement to reporters in the Oval Office alongside State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi just hours after signing a proclamation that announced he was restoring trade benefits to the country.

The move comes only days after Obama’s week-long trip to Asia, where he sought to highlight the benefits of his signature “Asia pivot” strategy to the region.

While Obama hailed the move as recognition of “remarkable progress” made by Myanmar in instituting democratic reforms, it is likely to generate criticism among those who argue the country still has work to do, particularly in the targeting of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in recent years.

When asked for further details on when sanctions would be lifted, Obama replied “soon.”

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