US senator backs end to Myanmar sanctions

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A key US senator on Tuesday backed an end to US sanctions on Myanmar after a landmark visit by the country’s reformist leader, signaling a new normalization in relations despite rights concerns.

President Thein Sein, a general-turned-civilian who ended Myanmar’s long isolation from the West, met lawmakers at the US Capitol one day after the first White House summit by a leader of his country in nearly 50 years.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, who has spearheaded Myanmar sanctions for the past decade over human-rights concerns, said after his meeting that he would not support a renewal of a ban on imports from the country formerly known as Burma.

AFP


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