Friday, May 18, 2012

Derek Mitchell,US ambassador to Myanmar, suspends sanctions

The United States has named its first ambassador to Myanmar in twenty two years and decided to suspend some of its economic sanctions against the country.US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement on Thursday in Washington, after meeting with Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin.

Clinton said the current special envoy to Myanmar, Derek Mitchell, has been named as the US ambassador to the nation.She also said the United States will issue a general license that will enable US businesses to invest across the economy, including gas, oil and financial services.She has asked the Myanmar government to release more political prisoners and carry out peace negotiation with ethnic minorities.

Clinton said the United States will maintain an arms embargo against Myanmar.She said her government will try to ensure that human rights abusers do not benefit financially from increased trade and investment with the US, including companies owned or operated by the military.

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