US mulls rewriting Myanmar blacklist

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YANGON: Rolling back US sanctions on Myanmar will top the agenda on Wednesday as President Barack Obama hosts democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, with American firms desperate to tap millions of consumers once cut off by the former junta. The Nobel laureate, who is Myanmar’s de facto leader, helped persuade the West to impose sanctions during her years under house arrest. In a symbol of the democratic change sweeping her country, one of the poorest in Asia, she now holds the key to unlocking the nation to US businesses as a reward for its peaceful elections last year. “We’ll want to hear from her directly about how she is viewing our sanctions regime,” said Obama aide Ben Rhodes. But not everyone is happy. Some activists say sanctions must remain to keep the still-powerful military in line.

AFP

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