Obama to discuss sanctions policy with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

September 13, 2016 7:30PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will discuss possible further relief of U.S. sanctions on Myanmar when the de facto leader of the nation's new civilian government Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) visits Wednesday.

The U.S. has rolled back economic sanctions on Myanmar since political reforms began five years ago but still restricts dealings with military-owned companies and dozens of officials and associates of the former ruling junta.


Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Tuesday the administration is considering further moves to encourage U.S. investment in the country also known as Burma, but said Obama wants to consult with Suu Kyi.

She spent years under house arrest when the military was in power. Her party swept elections last November.

She arrives in Washington Tuesday.

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