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US lifting import ban on Myanmar goods: Clinton

Published on Sep 27, 2012 7:14 AM
 
The United States (US) will begin easing an import ban on goods from Myanmar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Myanmar leader Thein Sein Wednesday, in a further lifting of sanctions on the country. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - The United States (US) will begin easing an import ban on goods from Myanmar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Myanmar leader Thein Sein Wednesday, in a further lifting of sanctions on the country.

Mrs Clinton told the Myanmar president that in recognition of the rapid reforms his South-east Asian nation, which was once ruled by a military junta, has undertaken "the United States is taking the next step in normalising our commercial relationship".

"We will begin the process of easing restrictions on imports of Burmese goods into the US. We hope this will provide more opportunities for your people to sell their goods into our market.

"As we do so, we will continue consulting with Congress and other relevant stakeholders about additional steps while at the same time working with you and supporting those who are hoping that the reforms will be permanent and that progress will continue," she said.

 
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